Manchester United have entered the race to sign Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, who is also a target for Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus. The Red Devils are yet to make an offer unlike their Premier League rivals but are likely to make a move during the transfer window.
According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the player and his father are convinced that it is the right time for a step up into a team that is playing at the highest level and have sounded out interested suitors. The Portugal international is managed by Jorge Mendez, who is also Jose Mourinho's agent making the Old Trafford club a viable option if he moves in the summer.
A Sky Sports report suggests that Chelsea had a £32m ($45.6m) bid turned down by Valencia with the La Liga club said to be looking for a fee closer to £42m. It is believed that the midfielder's former club Benfica are entitled to 25% of the fee due to a sell-on clause, which is a sticking point in negotiations between the parent club and interested suitors.
Gomes is currently with Portugal at the European Championships which are underway, and is not in a hurry to sort out his future. The Mundo Deportivo reports that the midfielder prefers to remain in the La Liga making Barcelona favourites, but is open to playing in the Premier League and the Serie A with Juventus also plotting a move.
The 20-time English champions are likely to have an edge if he decides to move abroad after Gomes praised Mourinho following the Portuguese's confirmation as the United manager. The Valencia midfielder, however, was tight-lipped with regards to his future making it clear that his focus was only on performing well with Portugal at Euro 2016.
"Mourinho is a great coach, there is no doubt about that, but for now my future is left to one side," Gomes told Plaza Deportiva.
"I am not at all concerned with what will happen after the European Championship, I look forward to the tournament starting."