Arsenal could sell key man to land LaLiga star with £86m clause

Oli Fisher

Arsenal boss Unai Emery may sacrifice a key midfielder in order to land a Barcelona star this summer, reports claim.

Midfielder Andre Gomes is reportedly on Arsenal‘s radar this summer, having struggled for consistent game time at the Nou Camp since his arrival.

Barcelona paid €35million for Gomes in 2016, and the former Valencia star was tipped to be the long-term replacement for Xavi.

He claimed earlier in the year that he is enduring “hell” at Barca after claims he was failing to justify his price tag.

“Maybe it’s not the correct word but it turned into a bit of a hell, because I started to feel more pressure,” Gomes revealed.

“With pressure I feel fine, but with pressure on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo now report that Arsenal may be forced to sell Aaron Ramsey due to his difficult contract situation.

Ramsey is believed to be a key part of Emery’s first-team plans, but with just a year left on his current deal they risk allowing the Welshman to walk away for nothing in 2019.

As a result, they could sell the 27-year-old and use some of the cash to launch a bid to rescue Gomes from the Catalan side.

Gomes has a contract with the Catalan giants until 2021 but is release clause is said to be a whopping £86million.


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