According to The Mail, Spurs were closing to striking a deal for the Portuguese international on transfer deadline day, only for Barca to pull the plug as they were unable to secure a replacement – most likely Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
The report adds that Gomes could be available on loan or even for as little as £20 million – far less than it would cost to take England international play-maker Ross Barkley away from Everton despite the fact his contract is due to expire next summer.
And while Gomes has struggled badly since moving to the Camp Nou last summer, stuck in the shadow of Andres Iniesta and struggling to influence games at the highest level, a potential £20 million price tag would make him a real snip in today’s transfer market.
The fact that the Catalan giants are reportedly willing to let Gomes leave for a fraction of his price after just over a year at the club may ring alarm bells. Yet, if the Euro 2016 winning midfielder can replicate the powerful and dynamic performances that headlined his time at Valencia, Spurs would have an excellent midfielder on their hands at a bargain fee.