Gomes getting nearer Madrid

Valencia and Real Madrid are close to agreeing a deal for Andre Gomes to move to Santiago Bernabeu.

Marca reports Gomes will become Los Blancos’ first signing of the summer, not counting the return from Juventus of Alvaro Morata, as Los Che have slightly lowered their €65m asking price for the midfielder.

The terms appear to be structured as €50m up front and between €5m and €10m more if certain objectives are met.

Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are all named as holding interest in the Euro 2016-winning Portugal international, but Madrid are out in front.

Gomes is seen as the player to ease the burden on Luka Modric, both in the short and long term, as Modric is 31 while Gomes will turn 23 at the end of July.

Madrid first tried to get Gomes from Mestalla a year ago but the price then was €80m, causing the club to back off, but now Valencia are not in a financial position to reject substantial offers as they don’t have the income of the Champions League.

The player also wants to move on and feature at a higher level and Madrid and Valencia have a good relationship, from the loan move of Denis Cheryshev in the winter window and Valencia’s recent signing of Alvaro Medran.

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