The idea of the fourth Manchester United signing has set tongues wagging around the world of football over the last two weeks.
And the general consensus seems to be that the fourth signing will be a midfielder.
Some expected new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to bolster his defence with a player like John Stones this summer. But he may well be happy to go with what he has at centre back, including new boy Eric Bailly, who impressed many with his debut performance against Wigan at the weekend.
If the much-vaunted move for Paul Pogba doesn’t come off – and there is a very good chance that a deal of this size will hit various snags – Manchester United may still decide to add some dynamism to a rather veteran and pedestrian engine room.
And the latest to be linked by media reports in Spain is Andre Gomes. Mundo Deportivo reports:
André Gomes is one of the players who are in the top of the list of reinforcements that manages the Real Madrid this season. The Portuguese midfielder has many suitors like Barcelona, Manchester United or Chelsea have already made offers for him and who have been rejected by Valencia asking 65 million for him.
Gomes doesn’t look like a 65m Euro player to TFF. He’s inventive and tidy with great ball control.
But we just couldn’t imagine him really bossing a tough Premier League game. A few sharp tackles and he could be muscled out of proceedings.
That said, he’s deceptively big at 6ft 2in and at just 22 years of age he has much development ahead.
The fact that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are also said to be interested also speaks volumes for the quality of the player.
Let’s see some of his highlights for Valencia. Manchester United fans – a worthy alternative to Pogba?