Barcelona have rejected a loan bid from Juventus for Andre Gomes, telling the Italian club that will only accept a permanent deal.
Reports from Italy have suggested that Barcelona and Juventus have begun talks over the possible transfer of midfielder Andre Gomes, only one month after he joined the club from Valencia for a fee of €35 million, plus €20 million in add-ons.
And whilst talks have begun, they have somewhat stumbled on Wednesday morning with Barca preferring a permanent exit for the Portuguese.
Gomes enjoyed far from a dream start to life at the Camp Nou, as he struggled to adapt to life in Barcelona. He was frequently accused of slowing down play with his number of touches far from the norm in the club’s style of play.
That, alongside with his inconsistent form, had led to some questioning his ability to be the solution that the club were looking for. Now under Ernesto Valverde, the signing of Paulinho has done little to suggest that Gomes will be given another opportunity.
Juventus are on the lookout for quality in midfield and Gomes is believed to be one of their top targets. The 24-year-old clearly has immense ability, but a confidence boost or move elsewhere may be the best way to fulfill his huge potential.
Barcelona fans will not be sad to see him go if he does leave before the transfer window shuts next week, but the two parties will have to conclude a deal shortly.