According to the Independent, Arsenal could be set to make a bid of around £30million for Barcelona central midfielder Andre Gomes this summer. New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is reportedly a big fan of the former Valencia star and is prepared to sell players in order to buy Gomes.
Limited transfer budget
The Gunners are reportedly working on a tight budget this summer, as they attempt to strengthen the squad for next season. The north London club has already signed goalkeeper Bernd Leno, as well as defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos this summer.
With that budget above reportedly £60million, the club has already used more than half of that on the Leno and Sokratis signings. That means Emery and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will need to raise cash by selling some of the existing squad players.
Gomes struggled at Barcelona
Andre Gomes looked a promising midfielder player at Valencia. However, since a big money move to Barcelona, he has struggled for game time and form. The Portugal international has consistently been linked with a move away from Catalonia.
Reportedly, Barcelona are willing to allow the 24-year-old to leave the club this summer after his perceived failure at the Nou Camp. The midfielder has previously talked about his struggles to live up to the pressure of playing for the Catalonian giants.
This led to question marks over Gomes’ mental strength, which would maybe be slightly concerning considering that one of Arsenal’s main weaknesses in recent seasons has been that the team lack mental strength.
For me, if the club has a limited budget, then signing Gomes would be a massive gamble from Emery. Whether the Spaniard could get anything more out of Gomes than other coaches have is uncertain.
Signing Gomes would be a gamble
For me, I would avoid signing Gomes, especially if as expected the Gunners are set to complete a deal for Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira this summer. The youngster is currently away on international duty with Uruguay at the World Cup, which is reported to have delayed the deal’s completion.
If Torreira signs, then he is likely to partner Granit Xhaka in the centre of midfield next season. It seems Gomes may be an alternative in case the deal to sign Torreira fails to materialise.
It remains to be seen if there is any truth in the story. However, I would be very sceptical about Arsenal signing the Portuguese midfielder.
Would Andre Gomes be a good signing for Arsenal?