After spending forty million euros for new signing Eric Bailly, it’s clear Manchester United are willing to splash the cash this summer but this might be a bit excessive.
Multiple reports have suggested during José Mourinho’s short time as United boss that he intends on bringing Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes to the club. Now, according to Marca, the Spanish club have slapped a mammoth 65 million euros price tag on him.
Marca also revealed that the exaggerated evaluation was enough to warn off Juventus with the Turin side only willing to cough up 30 million euros plus bonuses.
The Spanish newspaper also explained the club’s reasoning for the price:
Firstly, Valencia would need to find a replacement, but currently has insufficient budget to do so and, secondly, there was a clause in the deal to sign Gomes from Benfica that gives the Lisbon club 25% of any profits on the player.
As such, if the 22-year-old is sold for €65m then the profit on last summer’s €15m deal would be €50m, entitling Benfica to €12.5m and Valencia to €52.5m.
For any deal to be worthwhile to Valencia, therefore, they must attach a mark-up to their true valuation of the player in order to be fairly compensated.
Although the price is very high, United have seemingly limitless reserves these days and may still be willing to pay the full fee.