The 24-year-old Portuguese player is ready to leave the Catalan outfit after two years of struggling to break into the first team. Despite signing the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, as well as boasting Elneny, Ramsey and Xhaka in his ranks, Unai Emery wants to add further to his midfield by signing Gomes.
Gomes has become a subject of ridicule at the Camp Nou since his move after failing to adapt to the style of play of the 5-time European champions.
Catalan radio station, Rac1 claim that “Gomes is getting closer signing for the Gunners” as Barcelona are keen to offload a number of players to fund a move for Brazilian winger, Willian. Here’s how he will look in an Arsenal jersey once he completes his move to The Emirates Stadium.
Emery has said that although he is pleased with the club’s transfer dealings this summer, he is open to one more signing. Gomes might join Arsenal on a loan deal with the option to buy. Barcelona have splashed out a price tag of £23m for the signature of the midfielder.
However, Emery is working on a tight budget and wants to sign him on loan first before making the move permanent next summer. Earlier this year, Gomes made a brutal assessment of his career in Barcelona, describing it as “hell”.
At Valencia, he was one of the best midfield players in the La Liga, displaying a remarkable blend of technicality and effective play. If he moves to Arsenal and plays well, he might rediscover his form and get back to his best. He is a central midfielder that is known for his passing, creativity and awareness. For a loan spell in happier environment, he could be a bargain signing.