On a night of high drama in Spain, Barcelona walked away with a new summer signing.
The Catalan giants have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Valencia to sign Portuguese international André Gomes.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 21, 2016
The 22-year-old has been the subject of speculation and interest throughout the last few months. Juventus were thought to be close to securing a deal for the midfielder earlier in the summer, while Chelsea saw a £40m rejected by the Spanish side in recent weeks.
However, the strongest level of interest came from Real Madrid, with multiple reports in Spain claiming that the Champions League holders were closing in on an agreement.
The narrative last night was that André Gomes was still on the verge of moving to the Bernabéu – but, in a massive twist, just half an hour after he was “nailed on” for Real, he was signing for Barça.
Cadena COPE saying André Gomes was practically a Madrid player at 22:30, then Barcelona swooped in at 23:00 https://t.co/kOsFqk2jwB
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) July 21, 2016
Barcelona did not disclose the fee, but reports claim that it will be somewhere in the region of €50-55m.
Gomes joined Valencia permanently from Benfica for €15m last summer after a successful loan spell at the Mestalla. In total, he made 77 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 9 goals.
He was included in Fernando Santos’ 23-man squad for the European Championships in France. He made five appearances in the tournament, though played no part in the 1-0 final victory against host nation France.
The playmaker will become Barcelona’s fourth signing of the summer, following the earlier acquisitions of Denis Suárez, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.