5 things to know about Barcelona's latest signing Andre Gomes
Barcelona's move Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes came as a surprise to many. Here are a few things you might not know about him.
Barcelona have been swift in their business this summer transfer period as they have wrapped up four signings before the start of their preseason games. The latest being Andre Gomes from Valencia who recently was one of the star performers to Portugal's miraculous victory at the Euros. Gomes joins Dennis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne as the new faces in the squad for the next campaign.
These names reflect that the club is building a squad for the future as all these signings are from a similar age group, between 22-24 which will complement well with the existing experienced squad. The Catalan giants paid £29 million up front to Valencia while a further £13 million, will have to be paid if he plays and wins trophies at the club. Barcelona also have to cough up £4 million to Benfica which takes the total up to £46 million to secure the services of Andre Gomes.
Gomes is an exceptional talent and his former coach at Valencia, Gary Neville touted him as the one to watch out for and also expected him to become one of the best midfielders in the coming years.
Let's take a look at five things which are interesting about Barca's and Portugal's latest sensation, Andre Gomes :
#1 An experienced campaigner in La Liga
Still at 22 years of age, Gomes has had two full seasons under his belt in the La Liga and also has played for Benfica, making 41 appearances for the Portuguese giants. He was included in the Europa League team of the year during his time for the Encarnados.
At Valencia, Gomes made 78 outings in two seasons under four managers and played against Barcelona five times during that period. With an international tournament under his belt now, the youngster has a lot of experience at the highest level at such a young age.