It’s already been a pretty hectic summer at Manchester United and the transfer window still doesn’t open for another three weeks.
Of course, Jose Mourinho’s appointment dominated headlines for a while but the Portuguese now appears to be getting down to work.
The club have been linked with a whole host of players since Mourinho’s arrival and there’s guaranteed to be plenty of comings and goings before the start of next campaign.
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While the imminent arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be the highest-profile deal at Old Trafford this summer, they have been heavily linked with a player that has the potential to be a world-class talent.
That man is Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes with The Sun reporting that the Red Devils are interested in signing the 22-year-old for £30 million.
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Although United may not be able to use the lure of Champions League football to attract new signings, the chance to play for ‘The Special One’ could see them secure the services of some highly-rated players this summer.
And it seems that Gomes would love an opportunity to join his compatriot at the Theatre of Dreams, although he admits that he is fully concentrating to competing at the European Championships with Portugal for now.
Gomes on Mourinho
“Mourinho is a great coach, there is no doubt about that, but for now my future is left to one side,” he told Portuguese press, per The Sun.
“I am not at all concerned with what will happen after the European Championship, I look forward to the tournament starting.”
Although Mourinho’s side won’t be competing in Europe’s elite competition next season, they can at least offer European football in the form of the Europa League - something Valencia can’t after they finished a disappointing 12th in La Liga.
United need Gomes
And Gomes is certainly the sort of player United desperately need. The box-to-box midfielder has played regular first-team football at the Mestalla for the previous two campaigns since signing from Benfica in 2014.
Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin all having underwhelming seasons when they played in the central midfield role last term, so it’s no surprise to see Mourinho keen to strengthen in that position.
No Portuguese players?
However, Mourinho’s comments last week appeared to dash any chance of Gomes making the switch to Manchester this season.
During a lecture at Lisbon University, he told students: "I won't be signing any player from Portugal,” per ESPN.
It shouldn't be too surprising to see United target young talents plying their trade in Portugal. They once splashed out on a Portuguese wonderkid back in 2003 who turned out to be quite good.