In Focus: Tottenham will face competition to sign Barcelona star Andre Gomes

According to reports on Transfermarketweb, Tottenham Hotspur are target a January move for out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, who the Daily Mirror says is rated at £18m.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Transfermarketweb says that the Portugal international could exit the La Liga giants on loan or even on a permanent deal in the New Year, and while Spurs are keen they could face competition from the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and AS Monaco.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that the 24-year-old could leave on a loan deal with a view to a permanent £18m move having struggled to get game time under new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde this term.

Why do Tottenham want him?

While he has struggled to make an impression with Barcelona after competing with the likes of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic in the middle of the park, Gomes has still shown glimpses of what he is capable of and he was extremely impressive at Valencia beforehand.

The Portugal international has featured for just 110 minutes this term, with just 28 of those coming in La Liga, but he is a tall and versatile performer who can play in a variety of midfield roles and that is something that will appeal to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Would he be a good signing?

Despite struggling to make an impression this season, Gomes did make 47 appearances in all competitions for Barca last term and the fact that he can play in a defensive or central midfield role – or even out wide – mean that he could be an effective performer for Tottenham.

According to WhoScored.com, one of his main strengths is his dribbling ability, and his qualities on the ball should mean that he fits effortlessly into the current Spurs side.

Considering Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele have struck up such a strong relationship in the middle of the park, it would be difficult to see how Andre Gomes would break that partnership up though, but the competition he would provide would certainly keep all three players at the top of their respective games.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Gomes could prove to be a bargain buy if he can be purchased for £18m in the current market, the price could mean that Tottenham face a lot of competition for his signature.