Manchester United have been linked with signing a creative midfield player in January as their manager seeks to add creative options to their central midfield areas.
Now according to reports in Spain, the Old Trafford club is close to completing a deal that will see Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes join the club from Barcelona. The mooted fee for this transfer is reported to be ₤31 million.
Man United manager Jose Mourinho has been monitoring his compatriot since the summer according to the reports in Spain and is looking to bring the 24-year old to England.
The reports, however, suggest that the United boss is targeting a summer move for the midfielder.
Gomes struggled for consistency in Catalonia last season after signing for Barcelona from Valencia in 2016. His first-team opportunities haven’t improved this season with the arrival of Brazilian Paulinho.
It is left to be seen if these reports are true and United will wait until the summer to sign the Barcelona star or if they fancy their chances of getting him in January as he will be looking for regular playing time ahead of the summer World cup in Russia.
Furthermore, it is believed that super agent Jorge Mendes is pushing hard for a move for his client Gomes and he has strong ties with Manchester United as he has brokered several deals for the club in the past. He also represents the Man United manager.