Morecambe want £500,000 for promotion hero Carlos Mendes Gomes, according to the Sun (20 June, page 66), with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers interested in the one-time Atletico Madrid youngster.
What does Diogo Jota have in common with a 22-year-old forward who spent last season ripping defences apart in the fourth tier of English football?
Well, like Liverpool’s £40 million Portugal international, Mendes Gomes benefitted immensely after swapping the Spanish capital for the hustle and bustle of English football.
At the time, eyebrows were raised when the speedy Senegal forward who had honed his talents in Atletico Madrid’s youth system rocked up at non-league outfit West Didsbury and Chorlton; which sounds more like a quaint little hamlet in a Beatrix Potter novel than a football club.
Having fired Morecambe to the third tier for the first time in their 101-year history, Mendes Gomes is a target for a side who may find themselves playing against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next term.
Is Carlos Mendes Gomes ready for Rangers?
It is understood that Morecambe would demand £500,000 – a fee that is unlikely to be out of reach for a Gers side who boosted their coffers by securing a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade recently.
Championship outfit Luton Town are also allegedly interested but you’d imagine the lure of Ibrox – not to mention the prospect of silverware and European football – would be almost impossible for Mendes Gomes to ignore.
Rangers have also been linked with another winger, the so-called ‘new Sadio Mane’, after completing the signings of striker Fashion Sakala and midfielder Nnamdi Ofobohr.