According to the Manchester Evening News, Angel Gomes is stalling on his contract renewal with Manchester United and Barcelona are still interested in scooping the 19-year-old prodigy.
Gomes’ contract is due to run out in the summer of 2020 and the Red Devils are now at risk of losing their young talent completely for free in the not so distant future.
Of course, the same source claims that Man United are still very much in dialogue with the kid and would like to keep him at Old Trafford but it seems that their offers have so far been rather “underwhelming”.
With just one short cameo in the Premier League this season and three similar appearances in the Europa League, Gomes may not be convinced about his playing prospects at Old Trafford.
MEN mentions Barcelona as possible suitors once again, harking back to their report from last May, but the Catalans would be wise not to swoop for the United prospect.
It’s rather unlikely that Gomes’ situation would change for the better if he were scooped up by the Catalan outfit.
Of course, considering that he is attracting attention all across Europe, as MEN have also stated in their report, it’s difficult for Barcelona to blatantly discard the option of landing his signature.
But is there really a place for an attacking midfielder of Gomes’ mould at Barcelona?
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The Blaugrana’s midfield is already stacked as it is with seven players fighting for just three spots in that area and the last out-and out no.10 they signed was Philippe Coutinho – we all know how that ended.
Another telling sign of their reluctance to use attacking midfielders can be seen in the fact that they don’t currently have a single one in their team.
A big part of that is due to Lionel Messi’s sheer omnipresence on the pitch as the Argentine is often the one to cut inside onto his left foot and position himself in areas a natural attacking midfielder would usually occupy, which was also one of the reasons why Coutinho’s stay at Barcelona ended in flames.
Can Gomes really hope to thrive in such an environment and do Barcelona really think they need someone like him, regardless of his potential?
Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to try and fight for his spot at Man United instead.
Even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed last month that they would love for him to stay, as quoted by Manchester Evening News:
“We’ve had lots of conversations with the boys,” Solskjaer said. “Obviously their contracts run out in the summer but we want them to stay.
“I can’t see a better place for a young lad that’s come through the ranks in the academy to play first-team football.”
But the gaffer will have to stay true to his words and give the youngster a chance if he really wants him to stick around.
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