According to RAC1, Arsenal are in negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of midfielder Andre Gomes, but as yet there is no agreement between the two sides.
For those wondering about the source of the story, it is a Barcelona based Catalan language radio station which, while no guarantee of accuracy, positions them well for stories involving the La Liga champions [Catalan language link].
The report suggest that the player is keen on the destination but that the Gunners are unwilling to meet the €30m asking price.
It’s the latest in a series of rumours involving the Portuguese international and a move to North London. They’ve been rumbling throughout the summer and we have a couple of theories:
1 – It’s an agent trying to drive interest in a player who Barcelona want to get rid of.
2 – Arsenal know that if Aaron Ramsey doesn’t sign a new deal, they have a big decision to make and rather than let him see out the final year of his contract they’d have to cash in and replace him. Gomes would fit the bill in that regard.
Would Barcelona themselves be interested? Could we see a swap + cash deal, bearing in mind that we don’t have a strong position with the Welshman we may find our options limited – particularly as the transfer window closes before the start of the new season and time is running out.
Let’s see how this plays out.