According to reports in Sky Italy, Tottenham have identified Barcelona’s Andre Gomes as one of their summer transfer targets.
Gomes joined the Blaugrana from Valencia in 2016 for an initial €35 million. Transfermarkt now value the midfielder at £13.5 million, illustrating the damage his reputation has suffered in the past two seasons.
Gomes failed to displace the now departed Andres Iniesta in the Barca starting line up, and remains behind the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Sergio Busquets in the pecking order. Now he has even lost his place in the Portugal squad too, and remained at home as his compatriots set off to Russia.
Gomes has struggled to adapt to the pressures of playing at the Camp Nou, and has previously spoken of his struggles with confidence and anxiety at Barcelona, reported by Goal, via Panenka.
Tottenham are the latest club to be linked with the 24-year-old who it would seem is more than ready for the next move in his career. That doesn’t make him the player Spurs need now though.
The Spurs midfield could do with an injection of both guile and bite, and Ever Banega is a player who combines both.
The Argentine’s craft would ease the creative burden on Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, whilst his experience and defensive intelligence would assist Mousa Dembele’s efforts in protecting the defence.
The 30-year-old has two Europa League medals to his name, as well as a Spanish Cup triumph – earned with Sevilla and Valencia respectively. His arrival would bring with it the kind of trophy-winning mentality and experience currently lacking at Spurs.
Not only that, Unai Emery of Arsenal appears very keen on bringing Banega to the Emirates Stadium. A late Spurs swoop to steal this deal from their North London rivals would please Tottenham fans no end.
Banega is valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt, and Spurs couldn’t get Gomes any cheaper than that.