Things just haven’t gone to plan for midfielder Andre Gomes since his move to Barcelona in 2016, and he could reportedly be running out of time to prove his worth.
As per BBC Sport, Barcelona spent an initial €35m to sign the Portuguese international from Valencia, while he could cost them an additional €20m through various add-ons.
In turn, they’ll be looking to at least recoup the transfer fee that they spent to take him to the Nou Camp, and according to Sport, there are two interested parties monitoring his situation.
One of the sides is named as Juventus, although there is an unnamed Premier League club said to be interested in the 24-year-old too.
Gomes made 47 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring three goals and providing three assists. Meanwhile, he’s had nine outings so far this year but has failed to have a decisive impact for the Catalan giants.
His troubles come down to the fact that he hasn’t been able to entirely establish himself as a starter for Barcelona and hasn’t emerged as the player that they thought he could be for them as he looked to slot in and be an influential figure in their style of play.
While there’s no doubting that he’s a useful individual to have for quality and depth, which is reflected in the number of appearances he has made, Barcelona could arguably do better and so the money raised from a possible sale could be reinvested back into the squad.
From the player’s perspective, it’s reported by Sport that he if he can increase his minutes in the coming weeks and hold down an important role then he will likely stay at the Nou Camp until the summer at least.
Further, he’ll have ambitions of securing his place in the Portugal squad for the World Cup in Russia, and so it will be of benefit to both parties if he can prove himself on a consistent basis under Ernesto Valverde.
Time will tell if that happens, but the two reported offers certainly give Barcelona something to think about, and the general tone of the report would suggest that the Spanish giants are open to the idea of selling if the details are right.