Emery Eyes Barcelona Midfielder But Will Arsenal Pursue a Deal?


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Unai Emery’s determination to stamp his personality on the Arsenal squad sees him urge the club to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, claims ESPN.

The Spaniard faces a challenging time persuading the Gunners hierarchy to move for the player with neither head of recruitment Sven Mislintat or the club’s de facto director of football Raul Sanellhi convinced he is a solution Arsenal require at present.

The 24-year-old Portugal international is also a target for Premier League new-boys Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose close links with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes gives them an inside track to the finest talents among his compatriots.

Valencia, a club where Gomes spent two seasons on loan before moving to the Camp Nou, are interested in another loan deal but with big spending plans, the Blaugrana need to sell to avoid the FFP problems which currently beset Emery’s former club Paris St-Germain.

Lack of playing time at Barcelona meant Gomes was omitted from the Portugal 2018 World Cup finals squad, having been included in the 35-man preliminary squad. If he is to add to his 29 caps, regular first-team football

A €35m signing from Benfica in 2016, the mercurial midfielder made just six starts in last season’s La Liga, with only another coming from the bench.