According to Martin Liberman, Real Madrid are now very close to signing Joao Gomes from Flamengo – despite the fact he wants to join Liverpool.
Real Madrid set to beat Liverpool to Joao Gomes
Well, Real Madrid have a strong knowledge of the South American market, having secured the signatures of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Reiner from Brazilian football in recent years.
Now, Gomes looks set to become the next wonderkid to swap Brazil for the Santiago Bernabeu.
Liberman – a journalist for ESPN – believes Real Madrid are very close to signing the Flamengo No.35 in a deal worth €30m (£27m).
He wrote on Twitter: “I have information that he is very close to Real Madrid. The White House would pay €30m for him.”
Tengo la información que está muy cerca del Real Madrid. La Casa Blanca pagaría 30 millones de euros por el. https://t.co/ekD7AwiLH6— Martin Liberman (@libermanmartin) September 19, 2022
Aside from Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp, that will also come as a blow to Manchester United.
It was said that Erik ten Hag wanted Gomes at Old Trafford, and was prepared to spend £32m on the South American.
Unfortunately for the Premier League duo, Real Madrid are flexing their muscles in the Brazilian market once again.
Real Madrid make Liverpool & others looks silly
There is a reason why Real Madrid have maintained their position at the summit of world football for many, many years now – they think ahead, and plan accordingly.
For example, some eyebrows were raised when Carlo Ancelotti allowed Casemiro to join Manchester United in a £70m deal back in August.
However, Real Madrid were clearly prepared for his exit as they aim to replace the 30-year-old with a player who is nine years younger in Gomes.
The same can be said about Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, who look set to step into the shoes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric when the iconic duo are beyond their best.
Real Madrid are run by smart, forward thinking people – if they believe Gomes is capable of becoming the next Casemiro, Liverpool and Manchester United may be about to miss out on a potential superstar.