BREAKING NEWS: Juventus want to sign big-money Everton ace to replace Paul Pogba – Everton star does not rule out January transfer when asked –

According to Calciomercato, Juventus are interested in signing Everton midfielder Andre Gomes to replace Paul Pogba.

The Italian news outlet writes on their official website (12 October) that the European heavyweights are seeking for alternatives for Pogba, who tested positive for a banned substance and might face a four-year ban.

And Gomes, who is out of contract at Goodison Park in the summer, has surfaced as a January transfer target in a low-cost move.

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“The issue that affected Paul Pogba, as well as the latest events related to Nicolò Fagioli, could open a hole in the middle of the pitch that Juventus would fill in the winter transfer window,” according to the report.

“There are several possible names. There has been tremendous emphasis in recent days on Hojbjerg, Tottenham’s half-forward, but keep an eye out for another profile, an old Juventus preoccupation in recent seasons. We’re talking about Andre Gomes, an Everton midfielder whose contract expires at the end of the season.

“His transfer market valuation is around €15 million (£12.9 million), but Juventus, particularly in January, could try to get him at a low cost by focusing on the very short duration of Andre Gomes’ contract with Everton.”
“Much will also depend on the requests of the Toffees and those of the player regarding his salary.”

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That makes sense.

Gomes stayed at Everton in the summer, defying most predictions, despite speculation of a move to Turkey stretching past the English deadline, making it appear almost inevitable he would go.

However, after Alex Iwobi and Demarai Gray were allowed to leave against Sean Dyche’s better judgement, the former Portugal international was retained as a squad option.

However, Gomes has yet to make an appearance for the squad this season, with Dyche claiming injury concerns, and with his contract ready to expire, it is highly unlikely that he will be renewed, with his £120,000 per week salaries being a major issue.

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Juventus will most certainly try to exploit this in January by signing him for a modest cost, which would still be preferable to losing him for free in the summer and having to pay his wages for the rest of the season.

The club would also be able to bring in a replacement during that time, making it work for everyone, so it’s absolutely one to watch.

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