We sit here on the cusp of the calendar switching from May to June. So, if you were hoping that those initial reports of Juventus wrapping up a deal for talented Valencia midfielder André Gomes without much of any fuss or muss, well, I guess you've got another thing coming to you.
Quick? Nah, that's increasingly likely that using words like "quick" and "easy" as ways to describe any kind of potential Juventus acquisition of Valencia's in-demand 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder.
That may have caused Juventus to start looking in other directions (Hi, Javier Mascherano). Or caused Juventus to try and say that they might not be as interested in Gomes as some think they are (Hi, Beppe Marotta). But one thing that may cause the dominos to fall seems pretty evident — Gomes is going to cost a lot of money to bring to whatever his new club may be.
Juventus have offered 30 million for the player with an additional 20 million in bonus money , something that did not seem to please Valencia. At the same time, Mourinho's United are also interested and would also like to sign the player. Manchester United seem willing to offer 40 million for the player, it is now up to Juventus to decide whether they are willing to increase their offer.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
Breaking news: That's a lot of money. A whole lot of money.
And as much as I want to say "Hey, that ain't my money, so go ahead and spend it!" to everybody reading this, at some point you've got to think about getting proper value for what you're potentially dropping serious money on. I mean, a possible price tag of €40 million ... that's Paulo Dybala kind of money. Is Gomes capable of making that kind of impact? I don't know. That's for Marotta and Co. to know, and for all of us to sit back and find out what will happen.
What I do know is that Juventus need a central midfielder this summer. And maybe Gomes will continue to be an option because, no matter how much money Valencia want for him, he is a very talented footballer. But there are probably some other options out there to be had — and at much lower transfer prices, too.