Manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen his midfield options with Lucas Leiva out injured, and had identified 20-year-old Gomes as a solution, with Benfica willing to sell the youngster for €15m, despite losing fellow midfielder Nemanja Matic to Chelsea this month.
Gomes' agent – the infamous Jorge Mendes – has been touting his client around some of the top clubs in Europe, with big spenders Manchester City and AS Monaco also linked with a move for the Portugal Under-21 international, who is highly rated in his homeland, despite not featuring much for Benfica this season.
There were rumours suggesting that Gomes had indeed been sold for the reported €15m (£12.4m) earlier this week, and that his club would be announced very soon – and whilst most expected that club to be Liverpool, it now appears that they have once again been gazumped in the transfer market.
Rodgers famously missed out on Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan last summer, with Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund stealing a march on the Reds respectively, whilst Mohamed Salah also chose a move to Chelsea rather than Anfield this week. The same scenario could be happening again, with Tottenham now joining the race for Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, despite Liverpool being in pole position for his signature recently.
With a battle now on their hands for Konoplyanka, Liverpool have been dealt another blow with the news that Valencia look likely to clinch the signing of Gomes, with new manager Juan Antonio Pizzi leading something of a revolution of the Mestalla. Los Che look set to splash the cash even though Peter Lim's proposed takeover of the club hit the buffers, and with Valencia sitting in 10th place, they clearly believe that a fresh start is required to get them back to their former state.
Gomes' impending arrival in Spain means Rodgers will have to look towards other targets if he is to bring in a central midfielder, but will have to move quickly with just over a day of the transfer window left.
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