Andre Gomes has completed his move from Valencia to Barcelona, agreeing to a contract with the Blaugrana on Thursday.
The transfer became official after Barca announced the deal via their official Twitter feed. The club confirmed Gomes will “be presented” and sign his contract next week:
The 22-year-old will continue his development in La Liga after impressing with Los Che over the past two years. He arrived on a permanent deal last summer after spending the 2014-15 season on loan from Benfica at the Mestalla Stadium.
Nigerian broadcaster Deji Kofi Faremi provided more information on the move, including the reported fee that will take Gomes to the Camp Nou this summer:
Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t James Cambridge of the Daily Express) recently reported new Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte wanted the silky midfielder as he rebuilds the deposed Premier League champions.
Gomes also dazzled during Portugal’s UEFA Euro 2016 campaign and helped his nation defeat France 1-0 in the tournament’s final to clinch the trophy.
The midfielder moved to Valencia from Benfica, where he spent the final stages of his youth development before swiftly progressing up the ranks after his first-team debut in 2012.
Barcelona have also recruited a player who, despite his youth, is already familiar with the pressures of high-stakes football, as Gomes has earned 13 caps for Portugal in less than two years.