Man United & Chelsea have failed with bids for EURO 2016 ace, Real Madrid lead race (not Pogba)

Both Manchester United and Chelsea have fallen short of Valencia’s €65m (£54.5m) valuation of midfielder Andre Gomes, with Real Madrid in pole position for his signature, according to reports from Mundo Deportivo.

The 22-year-old playmaker has risen to prominence over the course of 2016 after he impressed in an underperforming Los Che team before helping Portugal to EURO 2016 success.

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His future has since been the subject of much debate, and reports claim that Man United and Chelsea have tabled offers, which have been rejected, for the Valencia star, with the Mestalla club keen to bring in a vast fee for the player.

It’s understood that Real Madrid are firmly at the front of the queue, with the club’s links with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, likely to smooth negotiations.

Gomes, a central midfielder, could be an alternative to Paul Pogba for the Spaniards, who have been linked with the Frenchman, which may leave Jose Mourinho’s side in prime position for the £100m 23-year-old.

Should the Valencia man join Real, Isco and James Rodriguez’s futures may be in doubt.

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