FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement that will bring André Gomes to the Catalan capital.
The deal to sign the 22-year-old Portugese midfielder is in the region of £41m (€50m) and Gomes will formalise the deal and be officially presented as a new FC Barcelona player next week.
Gomes becomes the fourth reinforcement for Barça ahead of the 2016/17 season following the additions of Galician midfielder Denis Suárezand French defenders Samuel Umtiti and LucasDigne.
Born in Grijó, Portugal, André Gomes is a talented all-around player, something that became clearly evident as he shined while at Valencia CF the past two seasons.
After coming up through the youth academies of both Porto and, later, Benfica, Gomes debuted for Benfica’s first team on 28 July 2012. Gomes was shipped to Valencia on loan in the 2014/15 season. At the Mestalla, Gomes has played a total of 75 games and has scored eight goals.
Gomes has won the Portuguese league, Cup and League Cup titles — all with Benfica — plus the Euro 2016 title that the Portugal national team conquered with a 1–0 extra time victory over hosts France on 10 July.
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