Unai Emery has set his sights on revamping his Arsenal midfield by signing Barcelona outcast Andre Gomes, according to The Independent.
The Independent say that Emery feels Gomes has some qualities that he would like to see in his Gunners engine room, despite the Portuguese’s struggles during his time with the Catalan giants.
They go on to claim that Emery is so interested that he is willing to sell players to boost his limited transfer budget and take his tally of summer recruits in his first season at the Emirates after succeeding Arsene Wenger to four.
The report also says that for Barcelona to agree to do any deal for Gomes, they would still demand £30m, despite the fact he does not appear to be a central part of their first-team plans.
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Given that Gomes is a silky midfielder who likes to get forward and link play, his arrival would be an issue for Ramsey in terms of gametime, especially in an already congested fight for places in the playmaker role with Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan around too.
Given that Mkhitaryan is a January recruit, that Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny have all signed new deals in recent months and that Arsenal don’t have a great deal of other midfielders to sell, Ramsey’s future may be placed in the balance by any move for Gomes.
The Welshman has been offered a new deal but the delay to sign it is not a good sign for Emery and the imminent arrival of another creative midfielder may persuade the former Cardiff man that it is time to move on.