Manchester United target Barcelona’s Andre Gomes – report

Manchester United target Barcelona’s Andre Gomes – report

Manchester United are reportedly targeting Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes this summer, according to reports from Spain.

Jose Mourinho reportedly made a bid worth £35.2m for Gomes last summer, but the Portuguese elected for a move to the Nou Camp instead.

The former Benfica and Valencia midfielder has endured a difficult opening campaign in Catalonia and was even named as the worst signing of the season by readers of Marca (albeit a Madrid dominated tabloid).

And according to AS Spain, Mourinho will make another advance for the Portuguese this summer.

The 54-year-old is more or less adopting the same transfer strategy that served him so well last summer: a defender, striker, winger and midfielder. The first three have been largely dealt with in the form of Victor Lindelof, Alvaro Morata and Ivan Perisic, and Gomes could well form the final section of Mourinho’s quartet this summer.

He has struggled under Luis Enrique. The style invoked by the Catalan has forced Gomes into stalling on the ball and failing to pass through the lines too often, but the talent is quite clearly there: physically imposing, adept at bypassing an opposition midfield, blessed with sensational control and a passing range that will only improve with time.

Having him at the base of midfield alongside the indefatigable Ander Herrera and the creative Paul Pogba would, you suspect, do him more favours than labouring alongside Javier Mascherano.

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