Report: Barcelona make Gomez their number one target

According to Mundo Deportivo, West Ham transfer target Maxi Gomez is at the top of a  Barcelona shortlist to be a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez due to his experience in La Liga as well as them being national teammates which should help him adapt to the club and learn the style of play. However, the report claims his release clause of 50 million euros could be a stumbling block.

The 22-year-old who is likened to Suarez in that he enjoys terrorising the opposition defence. Barcelona see him as a versatile player for the team whether that be direct or patient build-up play. Having someone like him to play off would be ideal for Lionel Messi due to how he often utilises quick passages of combination play to break through the opposition in the final third, although Gomez’ link-up play would need to improve claims the report.

Claret and Hugh say:

Maxi Gomez was hotly tipped as a replacement for Marko Arnautovic in the January transfer window when the Austrian striker had his heart set on a move to China. The Chinese clubs were unable to match  the Hammers valuation so the striker was told by Manual Pellegrini he could not move. It remains to be seen whether anyone can match that valuation this summer with the player turning 30 in April.  The Hammers will have transfer limited funds in the Summer and are unlikely to want to get into a bidding war with Barcelona to pay above the £45m release clause. Unless someone comes in with a mega money transfer deal for Arnie this sumner that would fund the Gomez deal, this transfer is looking less likely as happening in the summer.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Report: Barcelona make Gomez their number one target

  1. I am not sure why we will have limited funds in the summer, if the chairmen want us to be challenging for Europe and to retain our best players then they need to spend at least a £100m a season for a few seasons, apart from wages we don’t have massive overheads because we have the deal of the century, we are also on tv a lot so our revenues should support another similar window to last summer.

  2. Fulham tonight on paper, worst away record in the country worst on pretty much every stat, whenever we see those type of figures inevitably our players seem to take a day off and we lose, hopefully MP will get on top of that asap because we really need to start smashing these teams don’t we ?

  3. !limited funds ffs stop it ,just because we spent some money for the first time in years now we have to be happy with that..c’mon if you want to compete you have to spend money each year…does the prem league say ,,,well you had 150 million in tv money last year so you should e happy for a few years,,, we get money of t.v rights and God knows what else each and every year so stop bleating that we spent 100 million last year and get on with it ….as for Gomez it was obvious this would happen so they should of tied him up when they had the chance but they tried to wait and get him cheaper in the summer …that turned out well ..

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