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Manchester United Tagged Favorites To Sign This Portuguese Star: The Right Man For Jose?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Manchester United are not yet done with their recruitment this summer as Jose Mourinho, who recently spent on Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic, is reportedly looking for yet another midfielder this summer. According to reports, Manchester United are now favourites to sign the Portuguese midfielder, Andre Gomes, this summer.

Spanish news outfit Marca claims that Barcelona are now ready to offload the midfielder this summer and will not be too expensive for his suitors in this transfer market. It is understood that Manchester United are the front-runners for his signature, but is he the right man for the Red Devils?

A product of the Porto Academy in his native country, the 23-year old only saw first team action at Benfica, when he was promoted to the first team, back in 2013.  Just a year and 14 appearances in the senior side later, he was sent out on loan to Valencia, where he impressed enough to earn a permanent move to the La Liga.

He joined Barcelona just last summer and though his return of just two goals and three assists in 30 La Liga appearances at the Camp Nou is very dampening, he is more than a decent player in the middle of the field.

An attacking minded midfielder, with an exquisite touch and even better vision, Gomes is a natural dribbler, who loves to have the ball at his feet. He is strong in hold up play and wins fouls in dangerous areas consistently and is also capable of winning balls in the air consistently. He can play as a part of the midfield three and though his defensive part of the game needs polishing, is more than ready to put in the hard yards.

Jose Mourinho is expected to use a 4-3-3 system yet again this season at Old Trafford. Nemanja Matic is expected to play in the middle with Paul Pogba on the left and Ander Herrera on the right but the Red Devils have very little quality in backups at the moment.

Michael Carrick is in his last season at the club while Marouane Fellaini is not the best around. They need a quality player who can walk into the first team when needed and Gomes is as good as they get.

At just 23, he has 25 senior appearances for his national side, 93 La Liga appearances and 16 Champions League appearances, making him an established midfielder in Europe. He is a more than a decent option for Manchester United but is he the right one?

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