Manchester United and Juventus will apparently battle for the signature of Barcelona's Andre Gomes this summer.
That is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who have claimed that the Europa League winners and Champions League runners-up want to lure the midfielder away from the Nou Camp.
Gomes only moved to Catalunya in a £30m deal last summer and, despite making 47 appearances in all competitions for Barca during the 2016/17 season, has been tipped to leave the club as new boss Ernesto Valverde runs the rule over his senior squad.
That conjecture has led to United and Juve being linked with possible moves for Gomes' services, and Barca would no doubt be demanding that either party would have to reimburse them that transfer outlay if they are to greenlight a transfer to either Old Trafford or the Juventus stadium.
Of the 47 games that Gomes featured in, the 23-year-old started 27 as former La Blaugrana manager Luis Enrique opted to chop and change his midfield to suit the opposition that his side were facing.
That inconsistency in starts for Gomes would likely lead any player to become frustrated at being in and out of the starting lineup, but given that the Portugal international is just 12 months into a five-year contract with the Copa del Rey winners it would be something of a shock if Barca decided to cash in on the talented centre midfielder.
When you're linked to Eric Dier/Nemanja Matic/Andre Gomes pic.twitter.com/Ns4ams5qta— FergieTime (@TwatuSai) June 15, 2017
Gomes may have reservations about missing out on a place in Portugal's first choice XI in a year's time if the European Championship holders qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but he will most definitely be part of the 23-man party for the international tournament whether he features more regularly under Valverde or not.
Gomes' agent Jorge Mendes is also known to have established ties within United's hierarchy and, with Jose Mourinho currently in charge of the Red Devils, lends further credence that the press are merely linking Gomes with a Premier League transfer due to Mendes' relationship with Mourinho from his time at the helm of Chelsea.
Gomes, who has also played for Valencia and Benfica at club level, has made 166 senior club appearances since his professional debut in October 2012.
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