Following a remarkable season which saw Manchester City win the English Premier League in style, many fans speculated that the Blues would expand upon this greatness during the offseason by signing several new players.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup, however, has delayed Manchester City’s transfer activity. As of 3 July, the Mancunian side has yet to acquire any new talent. Understandably, many of the world’s most talented players have devoted their attention toward their international duty, and as the World Cup reaches its end, it is likely the transfer market will soon see a spike in activity.
The lack of transfers has not subsided any speculations, however, as the Blues have been linked with S.S.C. Napoli’s Jorginho and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez (coincidentally, neither player competed in the World Cup this summer).
A new name has emerged in the mix, yet he is rather unknown. This is none other than Claudio Gomes.
Who is the Frenchman?
Born in Argenteuil, France, the young midfielder began his youth career at Paris Saint-Germain. He soon built a reputation in France, and he was most recently rated as the “best young talent” in the French Ligue 1’s youth teams. Gomes’ impressive performances, both at the youth club and international levels, eventually caught the eye of current City manager Pep Guardiola, and the Blues started their negotiations with the youngster during the January 2018 Transfer Window.
Following the negotiations, it was reported the Blues had reached an agreement with PSG and the young French star. FIFA halted the move, however, stating that Gomes could only leave after his eighteen birthday, which falls on 23 July. Now, with things slowly getting underway, it seems the deal will finally be sanctioned and the former Parisian will become a Mancunian.
The acquisition of Gomes would be welcoming, if he is to be used like Brahim Díaz, Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Whilst it is unlikely he will break into the first team immediately, should Gomes join the Blues he will have an opportunity to state his case during City’s preseason tour in the United States in late July. Moreover, should he impress, it is likely he could also make his way into the City side during the early rounds of the EFL and FA Cups.
Overall, it appears this signing is one for the long term, and if there is any indication of Guardiola’s success in the respective leagues, then he can certainly turn this young star into a top talent.
The future is out there for this talented young Frenchman, and it would be a joy to see what he would bring to Manchester.