Barcelona flop Andre Gomes could be heading for the Camp Nou exit just a year after joining the club for €35m rising to €55m after rumours have emerged that super-agent Jorge Mendes is offering his client to top clubs around Europe in a bid to secure a transfer.
The former Valencia star was seen as hot property last season and was also a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal over the summer that added a premium to his price-tag.
But 23-year-old Gomes has been a disappointment in Catalunya and has started fewer than half of Barça’s La Liga games this season after failing to establish himself.
Gomes has been jeered by sections of his own support this year and the claim that he has a clause in his contract meaning Barca will pay Valencia an extra €15 million should he win the Ballon d’Or, now looks fairly laughable.
However, Luis Enrique has called criticism of the Portugal international “pathetic” and has also insisted he has only being playing at “30 percent of his capacity” this season.
According to Spanish publication Don Balon, super-agent Mendes is taking steps to find a new club and has offered Gomes to a number of potential suitors. The GestiFute chief has strong ties to Real Madrid and so apparently hasn’t shied away from contacting them as well.
Real were one of the clubs reportedly interested in Gomes before he wound up with Barça and Mendes seems intent on exhausting the options for a player whose market value is said to have fallen to just €20m since last year.
Real almost certainly won’t take Gomes, though. Don Balon speculates that Bernabeu president Florentino Perez is thankful it was Barça and not his club that took the bullet and therefore isn’t likely to try and land him now, notwithstanding the rivalry between the clubs.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo reporting that Barcelona are facing a huge dilemma over the midfielder.
The report claims of interest from Juventus and Premier League clubs, although these are not named, and says the club are yet to decide if they want him to stay on although Robert Fernandez is willing to give him more time to prove himself.
Indeed there is a suggestion that should they receive an offer in the region of €35m, they could be tempted to let him go.
What does seem certain is that the midfielder’s future is far from secure, but does he need more time to prove himself at the club or is time for a change of scenery?