According to a new report from Cadena SER, Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Maxi Gomez this season and were present at the Mestalla when Valencia faced Barcelona last weekend.
And interestingly enough, the 23-year-old Uruguay international impressed greatly by bagging both of Los Che’s goals on their way to a 2-0 victory.
The same source explains that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing a list of players he wants to add to the squad come next season and Gomez is one of the names on it.
But who exactly is this young striker and what would he bring to the Red Devils?
To answer those questions, we sought the opinions of those who know him best…
Vickery specialises in everything connected to South American football and since Gomez is playing for the Uruguayan national team, it’s no surprise that he knows quite a bit about him.
And last year he heaped praise on the young centre-forward, emphasising his physical strength and also comparing him to traditional English strikers in the way he plays.
Here’s what he said for Sky Sports:
“He is almost like something of a throwback to the great old tradition of the English No 9 when you would whistle down a mine shaft and up would step a strapping centre-forward.
“He is fearsomely strong. Opponents almost bounce off him, he is so physically strong. He is known as ‘The Bull’. You look at him and physically, he is a bull. He is a very, very strong, powerful centre-forward with plenty of technical gifts as well. So it would be a very, very brave move I suppose to lose their principal goal machine in the January transfer window.”
Before his big move to La Liga, Gomez used to play his football back home in Uruguay and for Defensor Sporting. He actually emerged from that club, making some of his first moves for their U19 squad.
And his coach at that time was Acevedo, who naturally feels Gomez is a remarkable talent and expressed that by heaping praise on his former pupil a couple of years ago.
Here’s what he said, as quoted by ESPN:
“Maxi is a complete player whose potential knows no limits. He is very powerful and yet possesses good technical skills and ball control.”
Connolly has also followed Gomez’s development in recent years and is largely impressed by what the youngster has in his repertoire.
When talking about him, he even paid him a huge compliment by comparing him to some of England’s best.
“Maxi Gomez in an out-and-out centre-forward. I did a lot of Spanish games for TalkSport last few years, and last season he and Celta didn’t have a great season, they just about avoided relegation, but he still scored 13 goals.
“The partnership he had with Iago Aspas was absolutely brilliant. He [Gomez] was the muscle. He won everything in the air. He’s about 6ft 3, he’s massive like a tank.
On if he’s a Shearer-type player: “Yes, maybe a little bit bigger. I wouldn’t say he’s as tall as a Carroll, but he’s not too far off it. He’s excellent in the air. You could build your attack off him. But the season before last, he was phenomenal. He was one in two. I think he’d be a fantastic signing.”
It seems that United are truly targeting the right man as Gomez looks like a fantastic player who could add some firepower to Solskjaer’s squad.
But we’ll have to wait and see whether they can actually snatch him up.