According to reports in Spain, Manchester United are eyeing a move for Maxi Gomez.
Cadena Ser claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed Gomez at top of his list for priority signings, but describe him as a summer target rather than an imminent one.
United have remarkably not signed a single player all transfer window.
Here is a look at five facts about potential addition, Maxi Gomez…
1 – Gomez plays for Valencia and has struck nine goals in 18 appearances this season. Only three players in La Liga have scored more.
2 – This is Gomez’s first season at Valencia after a summer move from Celta Vigo. He scored 30 goals in two seasons at the club.
3 – Valencia hold the power in this one. Gomez is under contract until 2024 and has a release clause of 140 million Euros (£118m), the club confirm.
4 – At just 23, Gomez has made 17 appearances for Uruguay already. While has scored only twice, only two of his caps have been starts, with the other 15 showing from the bench.
5 – Gomez has been compared to Luis Suarez [ESPN], a reputation earned in his first season at Celta in which he picked up 12 yellow cards in addition to his goalscoring. Since then he has received just seven in two seasons.
What they say?
BBC Sport South American expert Tim Vickery told Sky Sports last January: “He is almost like something of a throwback to the great old tradition of the English No 9 when you would whistle down a mine shaft and up would step a strapping centre-forward.
“He is fearsomely strong. Opponents almost bounce off him, he is so physically strong. He is known as ‘The Bull’. You look at him and physically, he is a bull. He is a very, very strong, powerful centre-forward with plenty of technical gifts as well.”
What’s the verdict?
Gomez would be a good option for United to consider; he is young, on the verge of scoring into double figures for the third consecutive seasons.
A deal is near impossible though this January, considering Valencia have only had him six months, and even this summer they would take some convincing to sell.
This would be a good deal for United, but right now the club need viable options who can be signed before the deadline.
If United were smart, they would have beat Valencia to his signature last summer while he was going relatively cheap.
Goal reported Valencia paid just £12.5 million plus Santi Mina to sign him last summer. Now we are looking at paying at minimum double the price.
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