Liverpool can sign ‘special’ £23m midfielder for free, compared to De Bruyne
Premier League duo Fulham and Nottingham Forest are eyeing Igor Gomes and there is currently no chance a player dubbed ‘the new Kaka’ and once linked with Liverpool will sign a new contract in Sao Paulo, according to Globo Sports.
Sao Paulo certainly hasn’t had it easy in the transfer market lately.
Last summer, the Brazilian giants lost Marquinhos to Arsenal for just £3million after facing problems over the winger’s contract. Defender Luizao, meanwhile, has turned down a new contract and now looks set to join West Ham United on a free transfer.
And, Gomes just two years after being linked with £23m moves to Barcelona and Liverpool, could follow Luizao and Marquinhos across the Atlantic when his contract expires.
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With his elongated gait and mop of dark brown hair, the 23-year-old has been compared to AC Milan legend and 2007 Ballon D’Or winner Kaka. Fulham are interested, having enjoyed real success with his Brazilian compatriots Andreas Pereira and Willian (UOL).
Nottingham Forest too (Jorge Nicholas); Steve Cooper’s side are already bringing in Palmeiras playmaker Gustavo Scarpa.
“(Departures are) a normal thing. (But) I regret the way they left,” says Sao Paulo coach Rogerio Ceni, admitting it’s a “painful” time for the club. Tricolor.
“It was up to the club to make a lot of money with these players. What we regret the most is that a young player like Luizao leaves for free.
Gomes’ contract expires in March. He could then sign a pre-contract deal with Nottingham Forest or Fulham in the new year. Globo Esporte say there is “no prospect” of expansion as things stand.
Time will tell, meanwhile, if there is any prospect of Liverpool renewing their interest. Jurgen Klopp is desperate for a transfusion of fresh blood for his aging midfielder. And Gomes’ availability should not go unnoticed. The Reds not long ago held talks to sign him in a deal worth over £20million.
“You can get him for €25m (£23m) in June,” agent Wagner Ribeiro said at the time. drawing a comparison between Igor Gomes and Manchester City superstar Kevin de Bruyne.
In 60 games in all competitions this season, Gomes has bagged seven assists.
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