It may well be transfer deadline day for English clubs, but clubs across Europe will be allowed to continue their activity up until the end of August, potentially paving the way for a handful of talented Premier League players to move abroad in the final weeks of the month.
Indeed, the FA’s decision to shorten the transfer window may well have been based on sound logical reasoning, but the fact English clubs are not immune from the threat of clubs across the continent until the end of August certainly suggests that there is a long way to go before the beginning of the footballing season can revolve around football, and football only.
The new dynamic of the market in Europe will see plenty of players based at English clubs being heavily linked with transfers across Europe in the coming weeks, including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Pogba has agreed an eye-watering contract worth £89.5 million over the course of 5 years to join Barcelona this summer.
The report cites Pogba’s fractured relationship with Jose Mourinho and particularly Mourinho’s failure to acknowledge his World Cup achievement when he reported back for pre-season as a key reason for his decision. If that does indeed prove to be the case, the United supporters who are already disillusioned with the direction Mourinho is taking the club in will have even greater reason to be critical of their controversial boss.
But Manchester United’s loss could prove to be Everton’s gain, as Pogba’s arrival will surely represent the final nail in the coffin for Andre Gomes at the Nou Camp. In truth, the writing has been on the wall for Gomes for quite some time: the Portuguese midfielder was booed by his own supporters when he replaced Andres Iniesta as a first-half substitute back in March.
The attitude of the supporters towards Gomes combined with his own personal problems away from the field as a consequence of his difficult stint in Catalonia have placed him in a position where a transfer away from the club seems destined to happen in the imminent future. Taking those points into consideration along with the fact that Pogba may join Arthur and Arturo Vidal on a growing list of central midfielders to arrive at Barcelona this summer suggests the coast could be clear for Everton to sign Gomes on deadline day.
According to a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, Everton are eager to complete a loan deal for the midfield maestro to add a genuine layer of creative quality to their midfield. Although Gomes has struggled to impress at Barcelona, it must be considered that he earned a transfer to the Catalan giants on merit, and if he is able to rediscover the sparkling form he demonstrated at Valencia in the 2015/16 campaign there’s no doubt that the Toffees faithful will be in for a treat next season.
With a textbook technique, extensive range of passing and classy composure to bring to the table, Marco Silva should certainly be hoping that he can sign Gomes on deadline day, and Pogba’s potential arrival at Barcelona may just prove to be the factor which enables him to secure his services.
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