Barcelona have rejected an £18m bid for Andre Gomes from West Ham, according to Sky Sports News.
West Ham are keen to add depth and quality to their midfield, but have seen an offer for all-action midfielder Gomes rejected.
The Hammers have made an £18m bid that’s been turned away by Barcelona, who are holding out for £25m-£35m for the Portuguese international.
Manuel Pellegrini’s club remain interested despite the rejection, and will ‘do their utmost’ in their attempts to bring the star to the London Stadium.
Gomes spent this current season on-loan at Everton and impressed in the heart of midfield, though his future looks destined to be away from Barcelona.
The £18m bid was an optimistic one at best. Gomes has proven himself to be a very accomplished player who can mix it up with the best teams in the league, and Barcelona will have certainly paid attention to that.
Everton were able to loan him for a season, but the Catalan club will rightly be expecting a decent fee for their man and it’s naive to think they’ll budge for any cheaper. This is not solely down to their sheer valuation of the player, but also because of the average price of the English transfer market and the other potential suitors looking at Gomes.
The Portuguese star impressed at Everton and they want to bring him in as a permanent signing, but they’ll also have to compete with Tottenham Hotspur for his signature.
The approach to start low is a risky and potentially costly one for West Ham. It’s understandable to open proceedings with a lower bid than you’re willing to pay, but with the competition for the Barcelona man that exists, and the London Stadium most likely being the least attractive destination out of the three, it seems unwise for David Gold and David Sullivan not to make a statement by kicking off with a suitable bid.
If the Hammers are to get their man, they need to try and get the deal over the line quickly, especially with Tottenham having their focus on the Champions League final right now. West Ham’s approach won’t do them any favours, and if anything only sets up a summer-long bidding war for Gomes’ services.