Barcelona make first contact with Arsenal about sale of Andre Gomes

It’s been a very productive transfer window so far for Unai Emery’s new-look Arsenal.

The Gunners have brought in Stephan Lichtsteiner, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi.

Emery also made the bold call of allowing Jack Wilshere to leave the club and is likely to listen to offers for Petr Cech, David Ospina and Danny Welbeck.

It’s been a real squad overhaul and there is still plenty of time for Arsenal to buy again – although they will have to sell first given their current financial situation.

Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi has been a midfielder regularly linked with the club, but Arsenal have instead received a proposal for another La Liga midfielder.

Barcelona have actually made contact with the Gunners about the sale of Portuguese international Andre Gomes.

According to Sport, per Sport Witness, the Blaugrana are desperate to get him off the books before their pre-season tour.

And this has prompted them to make first contact with Arsenal – who are keen on the player – and have told them that all they need to do is offer €20m plus bonuses.

That fee is almost half of what Barca paid Valencia for Gomes back in 2016, with the BBC reporting that the initial fee was €35m, although that may have risen over the last two years.

At that price, it seems a pretty good deal for the Gunners regardless of Gomes’ lacklustre form in a Barca shirt.

He’s been regularly booed by sections of the Nou Camp crowd and admitted in an interview that he was embarrassed to walk the streets of Barcelona after his performances.

A fresh start is needed and Emery’s Arsenal could be an ideal platform, where he’d offer much-needed cover for the likes of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey.

If Gomes could rediscover the form from his days with Valencia, he’d be a very astute purchase.

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