Antonio Conte isn’t letting Euro 2016 get in the way of his work as Chelsea’s new manager. With a solid and well-deserved win over Belgium under his belt, the Italy coach has turned his attention to recruitment and has identified Valencia’s, Andre Gomes, 22.
The Portuguese midfielder joined the La Liga club from Benfica in 2015 having previously spent a year on loan at the Mestella. In 77 appearances since signing, he has scored nine times as well as being the creative force in the side.
His performances caught the attention of national coach, Fernando Santos, and the youngster has earned nine caps, including a call-up to Euro 2016. Gomes was a rare bright spot in Portugal’s 1–1 draw with Iceland earlier this week, providing an assist to Nani’s goal.
With Benfica having a 25% sell-on clause, Valencia have placed a hefty £42m price tag on the youngster’s head. It’s unlikely to deter Chelsea with Roman Abramovich underwriting the transfers needed to strengthen the squad after their abysmal title defence last season.
Chelsea had originally wanted Roma’s Belgian international, Radja Nainggolan, 28, but with the player indicating he wanted to stay in Serie A, have turned their attentions to the younger Portuguese who may prove a better long-term investment.
Encouraged by Nainggolan’s loyalty, Roma are set to offer him a new contract which should see him stay in the Eternal City for another four years.
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