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.
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?
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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