Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes in action against Chelsea in the Champions League
Barcelona are set to bin eight of their stars, claims The Sun, and Tottenham already have one of the rejects on their radar.
The man in question is Andre Gomes with the Daily Mirror claiming that the Lilywhites want him as a replacement for Mousa Dembele.
The Portuguese international has failed to fire at the Camp Nou since joining from Valencia in the summer of 2016 in a £31m move, and now Gomes is about to be axed, along with seven of his teammates.
According to the Sun, which takes its information from Spanish outlet Sport.es, Paco Alcacer, Denis Suarez, Aleix Vidal, Rafinha, Munir El Haddadi and Gerard Deulofeu “are all expected to head for pastures new”. The last three mentioned have been on loan this season (Deulofeu at Watford) and it seems that none has made the grade with the Spanish champions.
Although Barcelona romped to the La Liga title, they were dumped out of the Champions League by Roma at the quarter-final stage, hence the radical shake-up of the squad this summer.
Gomes is wanted by Spurs who, claims the Mirror, are resigned to losing Dembele in the summer with the 30-year-old set to sign for one of the Chinese Super League franchises.
The Belgian midfielder has impressed this season but his head has allegedly been turned by the riches on offer in China, despite the fact he’ll be dropping down several notches in quality.
Dembele has a year to run on his contract and the Mirror reports that Tottenham “will sell if they receive an acceptable offer”. That money will then be used to sign Gomes, with the paper saying that the north London outfit may also bring in Bryan Cristante, the 23-year-old playmaker who has shone this season for Italian outfit Atalanta while on loan from Benfica.