Los Blancos eye Portuguese midfielder as Pogba alternative
Real Madrid are set to launch a £42 million for Valencia’s Andre Gomes, after ending their interest in Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
It was confirmed on Sunday that the Spanish giants had ended their interest in the France midfielder, who will likely feature in the European Championship final against Portugal, and have since turned their attention to Chelsea target, Gomes.
The Portugal international is seen as a cheaper alternative to Pogba, who will command a fee of around £106 million, with Real not having the same spending power as Manchester United, who are willing to pay a record transfer fee.
Both the Blues and Real are hoping to capture the midfielder, who is eyeing European glory with Portugal this evening, with Gomes having stood out for Valencia, despite the club finishing in 12th last season.
Los Blancos have yet to field a bid for the player, and will wait to negotiate with their La Liga rivals once the player returns from Euro 2016.
However, Chelsea have already seen two bids rejected for Gomes, with the second earlier this week understood to be around the £40 million mark, meaning Real Madrid may be able to steal the march for the Portuguese’s services.
It is yet to be seen whether Chelsea bosses will give new manager Antonio Conte the green light to make a third bid for the player, with the Stamford Bridge outfit also understood to be interested in Radja Nainggolan, for a smaller fee, from AS Roma.