Andre Gomes has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. A deal which is very much reported to be nearing its end to start contractual negotiations, is rumored to be around €50 million with additional €10m based on his performances and his achievements, while some reports say it is a complete €65 million deal without any add-ons.
Gomes has been one of the stars for the rebuilding Valencia. Signed from Benfica initially on loan back in 2014, has been one of the consistent players for Los Che, being one of the central figures in their resurgence over the past couple of years. Now that Valencia are again to rebuild thanks to their dismal campaign last season, Gomes is being reportedly likely to be sold off in order to start again. And now that he was one of the Euro cup winning midfielders for Portugal in their recent triumph, Gomes’ stock has increased in the transfer market, captivating several suitors in the hunt for his signature. Gomes spent the majority of the knockout stage on the sidelines, enabling teenage sensation Renato Sanches to take his place in the starting eleven for the Selecao and thereby playing a key role in the glory, but this doesn’t change the fact that Gomes had also lend a helping hand in the early group stages of the competition. Though reports are also to be believed that both the involved clubs in this transfer move haven’t received a complete report on his injury, it can be a loose nail in a fixed frame.
And in the recent transfer news, Real Madrid have been the front-runners for the Grijo born midfielder, and are extremely confident they’d sign him before the preseason fixtures begin. Club presidents Florentino Perez (Real Madrid) and Peter Lim (Valencia) do enjoy a fruitful and professional relationship and don’t see this deal going as a threat among the two clubs.
But the question rises, how could this be beneficial to both the parties, especially Madrid for acquiring him? Real happen to have a history of such signings to be whether a hit or a miss. Most recent example is Mateo Kovacic. He had shown a lot of promise eventually upon signing but faded after that Las Palmas game in March, where his mistake costed Real Madrid to concede a goal in the dying minutes of the game, and since then minutes have been hard to come by for the Croatian midfielder. Though he doesn’t completely falls under the category, having patience with him would help him develop.
As far as Gomes is concerned, there are the ‘two sides of the tale‘ for him. The positive and the negative side:-
Positive: A soon to be 31 year old Luka Modric has been one of the decisive and key midfielders for Real Madrid in the past few years. Though fitness has been quite an issue for him, Gomes would provide the exact cover to Modric. Some people defy age with brilliance and get better and better every year, Modric is one of them. Considering the role he has played over the years, he has been more of that Box-to-Box guy ever since stamping his claim under Carlo Ancelotti. A player who mediates alot between both the attack and defence in addition to his superior dribbling skills and the ability to tackle in soundly, Modric has been one of the important pieces in Real Madrid’s puzzle, being the key for their 2 Champions League wins in three years.
Similarly, Gomes too has the same characteristics. He can prove to be a great understudy for Modric in the current state, in order to be groomed into a fit starter in the years to come. However as every player has its own strengths and weaknesses, Gomes too has his. He happens to over-dribble sometimes, lack patience in creating opportunities in the final third, while also shoots from indifferent angles for his might. Hopefully under the tutelage of Zidane and Modric, this soon could change and he improves when he comes to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Negatives: The arrival of Gomes is a star studded one. Sources say due to his performances in the Euro Cup and being the sought out player in the Transfer Market, Perez has turned into a huge fan of this guy. But if it is to be believed, he looks more like a luxury rather than a utility.
There are several players in the Real Madrid ranks. The midfield department has been more crowded than it has been in the recent years. Starting from the potential Castilla kids in Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, and Enzo Zidane, to the main squad players such as Isco, James Rodriguez, Mateo Kovacic vying for a starting spot in the first team, Gomes too join the mix. But in order to accommodate his arrival, there has to be several commodities to offload. With James, Isco and Kovacic being linked with a move out of the Spanish capital, time has to play a role in whether they’ll seek their first team football elsewhere or not. Among the latter mentioned, James and Kovacic are sure to exit, and Gomes joins right there in the mix. So his arrival could cause an exodus of the three most beloved players of the Bernabeu faithful to leave. So this could be the negative aspect about it.
On a personal note, as much as I could be excited seeing a new player arrive, that much skeptical I could be about the consequences to follow. It has been for every player incoming. From the Bale’s.. to the James’.. to the last ditch signature of David De Gea.. etc.
What do you think about this signing? Mention it in the comments below 🙂