Arsenal has joined a whole host of clubs including Everton, Roma, Inter Milan and bitter local rivals Tottenham, in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, according to the latest transfer gossip.
The Portuguese midfielder is currently on loan with the Toffees and has had a standout season with the Merseysiders which has prompted the widespread interest in the 25-year-old.
Everton remains his most likely destination and are said to be very keen on making his loan move permanent, however, participation in next seasons European competitions is the one thing that he will not get at Goodison Park and may yet influence his decision.
It is almost certain that he will not be returning to the Nou Camp in the summer and so he will be signing for a new club, it is just a question of which one.
Gomes would be a good signing for us, he now has experience of the Premier League and that is invaluable.
He is clearly talented, I have seen him on a number of occasions this season and have been impressed. No fee has been mentioned but I doubt he would cost a kings ranson, probably between £15-£20 Million but that is just guesswork.
A lot was expected from him when he joined Barcelona but it never really worked out and he was voted the worst signing of the season by readers of Marca.
That all changed when he moved to Everton and rebuilt his reputation following a stellar season.
If we can sign him we should, he would certainly be an upgrade on some of the midfielders we have on our books.