Manchester United eyeing Brazilian midfielder Joao Gomes
Manchester United’s hunt for new signings is rumoured to be taking the club as far as Brazil to check out potential recruits.
So, who exactly is Gomes and why are Manchester United reportedly keen on signing him?
Here is a look at what you need to know…
Joao Gomes: What you need to know
Joao Gomes plays for Brazilian side Flamengo, where Andreas Pereira is currently on loan. This immediately raises the possibility of a potential swap deal coming into play.
Gomes is a defensive midfielder, who is just 21-years-old. He has previously been called into Brazil under-20 side.
He is under contract with Flamengo until 2025, signing a contract extension with the club last year.
This past season he has 26 appearances, with one assist. In his seven Brasilierao performances this season, Gomes is averaging 4.1 tackles per game, per WhoScored. This is the highest among all players in the division.
Journalist Gustavo Henrique told Diario do Fla, in March: “There is a situation involving João Gomes, Manchester United is watching the player. The English are willing to pay more than R$200 million to sign the player, it seems.
“If Flamengo undertakes to pay for Andreas Pereira and Manchester has its eye on João Gomes, it is correct to say that an exchange of negotiations will take place.”
The figure quoted equates to £33 million, a reasonable amount to pay for a top talent with high potential.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has shown a willingness to look across the globe for his signings with Ajax. Two of his five most expensive signings came from the North and South America, Edson Alvarez and Antony, while Lisandro Martinez was also bought from Argentina.
Manager Paulo Sousa told Globo: “He is a player that has a unique characteristic in our squad in the offensive and defensive ball battles. He is very strong physically”.
Manchester United desperately need reinforcements in defensive midfield, and Gomes would be an imaginative solution, a left-field choice, and he could be an astute one. If it helps get Andreas Pereira off the books at the same time, even better.