Juventus are reportedly stepping up their efforts to sign Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes. The 22-year-old Portugal international has emerged as one of the most sought-after young players in Europe this summer and the Bianconeri are intent on sealing his transfer.
Gomes was reportedly the subject of a £32m ($47m) bid from Chelsea earlier this summer, while he has also been linked to the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona. However, Juventus - who recently signed Miralem Pjanic from Roma - are actively chasing his signature.
Juventus director Fabio Paratici recently met with his Los Che counterpart Jesus Vicente Garcia Pitarch, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, which says the club have already reached an agreement with the player's agent, Jorge Mendes.
But while Juventus are reluctant to match Valencia's valuation of the player, they are ready to increase their bid from £23.1m to £30.8m, plus bonuses. The Serie A giants are reportedly in pole position to sign him ahead of Chelsea and United.
Juventus think having Champions League football to offer Gomes could help persuade him to join them instead of Chelsea and United. The Portuguese could line up in a star-studded midfield that may also feature Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio, and Sami Khedira, as well as the newly-signed Pjanic.