Spurs end interest in Gomes, while Porto eye up a move for City's Mangala

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City finally set to offload Mangala?

Tottenham have ended their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, according to Sky Sports News. The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Everton, was tipped to make the switch to north London this summer, but it is understood that Spurs are not willing to match Barcelona's £30m valuation of the player.

West Ham saw an £18m bid for Gomes rejected earlier this month, but it is likely that the Hammers will submit another higher offer in an attempt to lure him to east London next season.

Gomes joined Barcelona from Valencia back in 2016 and made 78 appearances for the Catalans, helping them win La Liga in 2018. The Portugal international currently still has two years remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp, but with Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order at the Spanish club, a permanent move to the Premier League seems like the best option for Gomes.

The 25-year-old impressed on loan at Everton last season, making 29 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions, scoring once. Marco Silva is reportedly interested in signing Gomes permanently, though his transfer fee may be an issue.

Arsenal have also been mentioned, with Unai Emery allegedly looking to add quality to his squad following a disappointing debut season in the Premier League. The Gunners failed to reach the top four for a third consecutive season this time out and were humiliated against Chelsea in the Europa League final on Thursday night.

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Gomes is surplus to requirements at Barca.

Elsewhere, forgotten Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala could be on his way back to Portugal, as former club Porto are reportedly keen on re-signing the France international [Sky Sports News]. Mangala joined City from Porto for £32m in 2014 - the club's record signing at the time - but has started just four Premier League matches since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club in 2016.

The 28-year-old was loaned out to Everton last January, but only featured twice for the Toffees after a severe knee injury picked up mid-way through his debut ruled him out for the rest of the campaign. City are looking to recoup the funds they spent on Mangala five years ago, and more, demanding upwards of £40m for the injury-stricken defender.

Despite them looking to offload one, Manchester City are actually in the market for a new centre-back in this summer's transfer window following the departure of captain Vincent Kompany, who is joining Anderlecht as a player/manager next term. Leicester City's Harry Maguire is among Pep Guardiola's list of potential candidates to fill the void left by the talismanic Belgian.


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