Paper Talk: Tottenham in pole position to land Barcelona ace

Date published: Saturday 28th April 2018 10:28

Jordi Alba; Andre Gomes Barcelona

Tottenham are seemingly closing in on the signing of a Barcelona midfielder, while Newcastle insist a Liverpool and Chelsea target is going nowhere, all in Saturday’s papers.

 

TOTTENHAM CLOSING IN ON BARCA MIDFIELD STAR

Unhappy Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes is reported to have spoken to the club’s board about his potential exit this summer.

The Portuguese star has been strongly tipped to join Tottenham at the end of the season, having missed out on a move to north London in January, although Juventus and AC Milan have also been linked with his signature.

The 24-year-old has mostly been used as a squad player at the Nou Camp, having moved to Catalonia for €35million from Valencia in 2016, and has made 34 appearances for club and country this term.

Gomes, however, wants more starts and is aware that he will have to quit the Nou Camp to get his wish, according to Sport (via IlBianconero).

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the Portugal international and is looking for central midfield reinforcements, with both Mousa Demebele and Victor Wanyama being tipped to move on at the end of the campaign.

The report goes on state though that Juve are confident of landing their man and will look to land Gomes if an expected free transfer switch for Liverpool’s Emre Can falls through.

 

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