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When a player of the quality of Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez is linked with a possible play, we are usually forced to endure months and months of tedious speculation about whether he will actually end up leaving.
What are you saying? Have you had a full fight with the coach and then haven’t played for about a month? Oh yeah yeah, it’s definitely on the move.
So that’s the first hurdle he jumps, now to the next big question: where will he go?
The atalanta will most likely remain in Serie A, with a host of Italian clubs eager to acquire his services, including Inter, Juventus, Fiorentina, Torino and Milan. However, that shouldn’t stop Premier League clubs from watching with interest.
With a move seemingly destined to happen in the coming weeks, we have listed all the English clubs that should be looking to sign the talented Argentine.
In recent years, Liverpool has become famous for its measured approach to the transfer business. So it would be extremely unlikely that they would make one last attempt to sign Gomez, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t.
Winning the Premier League last year was a monumental achievement, but if they kept their crown in one of the most unpredictable seasons we’ve ever had, it would be a huge effort.
The prospect of back-to-back titles is within reach, although Jurgen Klopp’s team has been seriously affected by injuries this season, with Diogo Jota still out of the game.
Takumi Minamino is clearly not up to the task of replacing some of Liverpool’s biggest players, and the purchase of Gomez would mean that Klopp had much-needed depth if his team continued to battle injuries.
José Mourinho made strengthening Tottenham’s midfield a priority when he arrived at the club, and he has done a brilliant job.
However, the Spurs need to loosen the handbrake a bit and, with no real creative force in midfield, they are struggling to do so.
Tanguy Ndombele seems like a class act at times, but he’s not consistent enough to be considered the number one spark of the team’s midfield.
Mourinho is rumored to be interested in both Marcel Sabitzer and former Spurs player Christian Eriksen, and Gomez would be a great alternative if that’s the type of player you’re looking to recruit.
Nuno Espirito Santa has moved away from the wing system that has served him so well in recent years, with the Wolves now deploying a 4-4-2 formation.
The play has highlighted a major weakness in his team, as they lack cunning in midfield. Without their wide-forward rhythm, the Wolves need something extra in midfield, and, as fantastic as Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, they just don’t have that trade.
Without Raúl Jiménez on the side, the Lobos look a bit toothless going forward, and the arrival of Gomez could fuel their attack and eventually help players like Morgan Gibbs-White.
Name any half decent footballer in the world and you could probably say ‘yeah, Arsenal could use it’.
Perhaps a bit harsh as the Gunners have improved in recent weeks, but Mikel Arteta shouldn’t overlook the fact that his team really needs some quality additions.
Dani Ceballos occasionally seems like a threat in midfield, but most of the time he finds himself picking up the ball in deeper areas and therefore unable to hit in the final third.
If Arsenal can add a quality number ten like Gomez to their side, it could see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang return to form and suddenly things are looking up for the Gunners.
Never underestimate the power of attraction of Carlo Ancelotti: if you want a player, there is always a possibility.
The arrival of James Rodriguez has definitely added a spark to Everton’s starting XI, and with players like Lucas Digne on the side, they will always be a threat from wide areas.
However, Gylfi Sigurdsson simply hasn’t had the impact you’d expect from a £ 45 million player, and so they’ve struggled to divide teams down the middle.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s aerial prowess means the Toffees earn more than their fair share in games serving him from the wings, but if they could divide teams centrally, they would add another string to their bow.
With Sergio Aguero potentially heading towards Etihad’s starting gate and Gabriel Jesus not really providing the goods, Pep Guardiola has been forced to use Kevin De Bruyne in a false number nine of late.
Signing Gomez would mean he could fill the creative void left by De Bruyne in midfield as he pushes further forward, or that the Argentine could even play as an unorthodox leader.
It’s certainly not a long-term solution to the City forward’s dilemma, but if they can lure Gomez into the Premier League, they would certainly give Guardiola options.