Manchester United have been warned about making an offer for Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes this season, with Valencia slapping a whopping £116million price tag on the player. The 22-year-old has impressed in what has been a disappointing season for them and incoming Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is said to be a big fan.
Whether they would sanction such a mega-fee for a player that is relatively unknown in the UK is not yet known, but Valencia look like they wouldn’t accept anything less, despite being fairly cash-strapped.
If a deal is made for Gomes, one man will be at the center of everything; super-agent Jorge Mendes. Mendes represents Andre Gomes, as well as United’s other major transfer target this summer, Renato Sanches.
Mendes is currently in Manchester supposedly to tie up the deal for Sanches and whilst talking about that, you can be sure that Ed Woodward would have inquired about the availability of Gomes.
Spanish newspaper Marcia state that the buy-out clause imposed on Gomes’ contract is between £77million and £116million. It is unclear whether United would stretch this far, even with the massive amount of funds available to them. Given the poor form of some of their recent signings, Ed Woodward will want to make sure that any acquisitions are firmly scouted before a deal is reached.
Whatever happens with United’s transfer policy this year and whoever comes in, it looks as though Jorge Mendes will turn a profit, given that he also manages Jose Mourinho.