Balague’s response when asked about Andre Gomes to Tottenham speculation

A general view shows the English FA Cup third round football match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Andre Gomes of Barcelona in the January transfer window.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona plays the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Levante at Camp Nou on January 7, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

Well-known Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that Barcelona want to retain the services of reported Tottenham Hotspur target Andre Gomes.

The Express reported earlier this month that Tottenham are interested in signing Gomes from Barcelona in the January transfer window.

It has been reported that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to sign the 24-year-old midfielder in the summer of 2017 as well.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona...

Well-known Spanish football journalist Balague, who works for Sky Sports, has claimed that Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde does not want to sell the former Valencia and Benfica star in the January transfer window.

Balague, though, has stated that the agent of the Portugal international midfielder has told Spanish and European giants Barca that the player would like to move on.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona conducts the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou stadium on April 15, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gomes has been on the books of Barcelona since the summer of 2016 when he joined from La Liga rivals Valencia for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £29.3 million.

Balague told Sky Sports when asked about Gomes to Tottenham speculation: “Valverde wants to keep Andre Gomes.

“His agent, Jorge Mendes, has told Barcelona that he would like to move on but Valverde wants to keep him. That’s what is coming from Barcelona.”

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