According to a recent report from Cadena SER, Manchester United have been scouting Valencia’s Maxi Gomez this season and were present when he notched a brace against Barcelona last Saturday.
The same source states that Man United already have a list of players they want to see at Old Trafford come next season and Valencia’s young striker is among them.
Importantly, the young Uruguayan forward was at the heart Valencia’s thrilling win over the Catalonian giants, banging in both of those goals to sink the title chasers and give their new coach his first taste of defeat. All of that while United’s scouts watched from the stands, as the same source states.
As Cadena SER explain, however, the 23-year-old was brought in for €14.5m (£12.2m) with Santi Mina going the other way, and the player has a termination clause of €140m (£118.3m) with a contract until 30 June 2024.
With nine goals and three assists in his first 25 games for Valencia, Gomez is slowly but surely showing his worth to the Los Che.
But at 23 years of age, he is still far from the finished product and yet, already a big part of Albert Celades’ jigsaw that he’s currently building at the Mestalla.
Needless to say, losing him would be a big hit for the Bats and Valencia should do their best to keep the young centre-forward at the club as long as they can.
Of course, performances like the one against Barcelona do prove that he is on the right path to becoming a star for the future, and teams like United are bound to come knocking.
But if Valencia truly want to compete with the best, they will have to put their foot down and make sure they have the best in their squad.
With Gomez having a termination clause in his contract, this makes things a bit more complicated but, at the very least, Valencia know they can get a decent compensation for him.