nike air max 5.0 Andre Gomes at Barca leads to questions over Ivan Rakitic and Arda Turan
Barca, who have won the season’s first Clasico by beating Madrid in the transfer battle for Gomes, will pay million up front to Valencia, with another potentially due in add ons. Martin Montoya is expected to head in the other direction, too.
Gomes follows Denis Suarez, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne in making the switch to Barca this summer. All four of them have one thing in common: youth. All of them are 22 bar Digne, who turned 23 on July 20, and all could potentially have long and prosperous careers in the Catalan capital.
With the buyback cost at just over it would have been madness not to bring Suarez back from Villarreal, while Barca hope that France international Umtiti will be the centre back stalwart they’ve craved for years.
Digne’s arrival did prompt some questions. Was a left back really a priority when right back Dani Alves fled to Juventus earlier this summer? With Adriano likely to leave, sporting director Robert Fernandez explained that competition for Jordi Alba was important, adding that the right side of defence is well covered in the form of Aleix Vidal and Sergi Roberto.
Which brings us back to Gomes.
Both Fernandez and Luis Enrique had openly spoken about the need for the club to sign another forward, someone to occasionally ease the burden on Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
And that was where the Catalan media had focused their attention would it be Luciano Vietto? Kevin Gameiro? Lucas Perez? Robin van Persie has even reportedly put himself forward for the role.
It came as somewhat of a bolt from the blue, then, when the Gomes signing was confirmed. That said, it wasn’t a complete surprise; both Mundo Deportivo and SPORT had featured the Portuguese on their covers as far back as June, relaying details of Fernandez’s talks with Valencia. But those reports had tailed off, and it looked earlier this week as if Madrid had moved into pole position.
There’s a long list of reasons why Barca would want Gomes; his explosiveness from midfield should complement the way their style has evolved since Luis Enrique was appointed.
One of his former managers at Valencia, Gary Neville, felt he had potential to go on to be one of the best midfielders in the world, explaining that he felt his best position was on the left of a midfield three which is also where Andres Iniesta and Denis Suarez prefer to play.
He’s still rough around the edges and often wasteful with his final ball, but when raw talent like that is available, it makes sense that teams of the calibre of Barca and Madrid act.
But Barca now have a problem. It’s a problem any manager,
admittedly, would love to have, but one which Luis Enrique is going to have to carefully manage.
With Gomes on board, he now has 10 players who would classify their best position as midfield. Two of them Javier Mascherano and Roberto will be used in defence, but that still leaves eight men vying for three positions.
Andre Gomes moves to Barcelona following a victorious Euro 2016 with Portugal.
The first thought which springs to mind is bad news for Arda Turan. The Turkish international struggled in his first season with the club, although his agent, Ahmet Bulut, has insisted he wants to stay.
If an offer came in close to the that was spent on him, though, the player’s opinion may not matter so much as he’d likely be ushered towards the exit.
Ivan Rakitic, not Arda, has been the first player to come into the spotlight after the Gomes deal, though.
„I think it’s time to go,“ tweeted Miquel Sors, Rakitic’s supposed agent, after Barca completed their fourth purchase of the summer, before following that up with a string of messages backtracking and clarifying this is not the end of Rakitic and Barca. However, later on Friday Rakitic did not look like a man on his way out and clarified that his only agent is Arturo Canales, effectively discrediting Sors‘ comment.
Nevertheless, b then it was too late. The Catalan and Spanish press had already picked up on it and gone big. It’s a taste of what is set to come.
Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez and Iniesta should be safe, too. But will Luis Enrique be able to find regular minutes for Sergi Samper, Rafinha and Arda?
Something or someone, rather will have to give. Gomes‘ arrival and Barca’s planning for the future is going to cost someone his present. Eight into three, even with rotations and a heavy schedule,
does not fit.