Barcelona is reportedly plotting a part-exchange deal that would see Andre Gomes trade place with Atletico Madrid hitman Antonie Griezmann.
Gomes was tipped to follow Javier Mascherano, Rafinha Alcantara, and Arda Turan on their way out of the Camp Nou in January. Barcelona waved goodbye to Rafinha, Arda Turan, and Javier Mascherano this month after the deals were finalized with Inter Milan, Istanbul Basaksehir, and Hebei China Fortune respectively. Gomes was saved by the bell in the winter transfer window none of the clubs linked with him made their move.
Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has struggled to win over fans at the Camp Nou
Gomes has faced many accusations such as that he’s too cumbersome and doesn’t suit Barcelona’s style of play. Unless and until he learns well to adapt with speed, his options are nil at the Camp Nou. He will need to change his game dramatically if he’s to convince Ernesto Valverde to keep him for the next campaign.
The latest reports from Spain are now suggesting that Barcelona is hoping to offload Gomes off their wage bill as part of an agreement for one of their top targets this summer. Diario Gol is now reporting that Griezmann is in Barcelona’s sights and the club would be willing to offer the Portuguese star in return for him.
It is said that Valverde will hand him some playing time to raise his market price. But the primary objective is to sell him at the end of this campaign and as much early as possible in order to get Griezmann. Seeing from club’s point of view, giving Gomes to Atletico Madrid will surely reduce the asking price of Antonie Griezmann. Barcelona’s wish to send Gomes off to Atletico Madrid is also motivated by reducing their tax derivatives.
A move to Atletico Madrid will surely benefit Andre Gomes. The Portuguese star is a kind of player who will play much better in a system which is adopted by Diego Simeone. He is very comfortable in playing on space but struggles to be effective in small places.
Let’s see what happens in future. But one thing is very clear that if this swap deal happens, Andre Gomes will surely benefit. He is a kind of player who suits Atletico Madrid’s style of play.