Should United take another look at Maxi Gomez amid Valencia firesale?
Manchester United’s approach this transfer window has left a lot to be desired so far, with no players yet signed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports in April he hoped United could exploit certain situations and sign players, and as yet, that simply hasn’t happened.
One club feeling the financial pinch more than most is Spanish club Valencia.
Valencia’s summer activity has been described in The Mail as a ‘firesale’, with Dani Parejo, Rodrigo and Francis Coquelin among the players sold so far.
This could provide United with an opportunity to make a move, with striker Maxi Gomez previously touted as a target.
Gomez interested United
At the end of January, Spanish outlet Cadena Ser reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was set to consider Maxi Gomez as a summer transfer target.
Gomez had only joined Valencia last summer and chances of a mid-season move were unlikely. Taking into account the Spanish club’s current situation and need for cash, there could now be a chance.
Prior to United’s links, Gomez had scored nine goals for Valencia in La Liga, three against Barcelona.
His form suffered since. He scored only one goal and suffered a metatarsal injury prior to the lockdown, which did not help.
But that does not have to mean he is not worth buying. Gomez is a talented striker who is made for the physical battle of English football.
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.”
Should United make a move?
Gomez is 24-years-old and despite a ridiculous £118 million release clause in his Valencia contract, he could be available at a knockdown price.
We would estimate Valencia would sell for under £30 million considering their financial situation.
Gomez scored 30 goals in two seasons for Celta Vigo before he joined Valencia and is a talented player.
United need an alternative to Odion Ighalo as a back-up to Anthony Martial, with the Nigerian’s loan deal set to expire in January.
Gomez would be a longer term solution, and his differing style to Martial makes him a good player to come off the bench and shake things up if United need a goal.
This could be United’s chance to get him, as ‘exploit’ the market as Solskjaer hoped to do.
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