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Barcelona announce deal agreed for Andre Gomes

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Andre Gomes has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent days, but it’s Barcelona who have struck a deal to sign the Valencia midfielder.

Mundo Deportivo reported on Thursday night that a deal had been agreed - Gomes has reportedly signed a five-year deal with the Catalan giants - and this was confirmed by Barcelona themselves minutes later.

Gomes, 22, was arguably Valencia’s standout performer in a completely forgettable campaign last season. He also caught the eye for Portugal at this summer’s European Championships in France, securing a winners’ medal in the process.

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The former Benfica star, who was also linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, is understood to have cost in the region of €50-60 million.

His signing is a real coup for Barcelona, although Arda Turan is likely to fear the worst after this latest acquisition.

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The Turkey international, who has been asked by Luis Enrique to return to training a week earlier than planned, could now leave the Camp Nou.

Barcelona confirm agreement on Twitter

Video: Andre Gomes in action

Montoya to join Valencia in return

Martin Montoya, meanwhile, is set to move to Valencia as part of the deal.

The 25-year-old is a product of the Barcelona academy but will not have the chance to nail down the right-back position at the Camp Nou, despite the departure of Dani Alves earlier this summer.

How will Real Madrid react?

It’s currently unclear whether Gomes simply opted for a move to Barcelona, or whether Real Madrid pulled out of negotiations.

However, is there now a danger that Los Blancos will step up their pursuit of Paul Pogba?

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Real Madrid appear to have conceded defeat to Manchester United, who are prepared to break the world record transfer fee to re-sign the French midfielder, but it will be interesting to see how Zinedine Zidane and, in particular, Florentino Perez react after this latest setback.

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La Liga
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Portugal National Football Team
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