Joao Gomes to Spurs?

Joao Gomes

The Brazilian midfielder, currently playing his football for Wolves, has been linked with a move to North London in the 2024 January Transfer Window.

A number of players have been linked to clubs across the country and the world over the course of the 2024 January Transfer Window, and Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham have not been short of rumours linking them with signings.

As of the time of writing, Spurs have completed two new signings – Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin. Starting with Werner, the German forward, formerly of Chelsea, joined the North London Club on loan with an option to buy from RB Leipzig.

Dragusin is a Romanian central defender who was signed from Italian Serie A club Genoa for a reported fee of €25 million (£21.4 million).

With these two deals now done, Postecoglou looks to be seeking more January signings to improve his squad and enhance Spurs’ chances of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League and remaining in the race for the Premier League title for as long as possible.

Now that Tottenham has strengthened their defence and forward line, their attention focuses on improving their midfield options. The Lilywhites have been credited with an interest in a few players, including Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Brazilian midfielder Joao Gomes.

The 22-year-old predominantly plays as a central midfielder and slightly deeper as a defensive midfielder. He has spent a couple of games here and there playing as a right midfielder, left midfielder and attacking midfielder in his career to date.

So far this season, 2023/24, while he has not scored or created a goal yet, he has been an important cog in midfield. The Brazilian has also been very consistent in his fitness, with him having played in 18 of Wolves’ 20 Premier League matches this term as of the time of writing.

We will now rewind to the start of Gomes’ career. He signed for Flamengo’s youth academy in his native Brazil and in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro in 2009 at the age of 8. Then, after rising through the youth ranks and impressing coaching staff at the club, Gomes was promoted to the club’s first team in 2020 after 11 years in youth football.

In the 2020 Brazilian Serie A season, Gomes made his senior debut for Flamengo, which was in a 4 – 1 home defeat against Sao Paulo. The midfielder would make 11 appearances in the league, helping his team to the title after the club earned 71 points from their 38 matches. They finished just 1 point ahead of Internacional in second place, and Flamengo’s title win saw them qualify for the Copa Libertadores.

The Copa Libertadores is the South American equivalent of the UEFA Champions League in Europe.

In the 2021 Brazilian Serie A campaign, Gomes made 19 appearances, with his efforts helping his club to a second place finish. The Brazilian midfielder also made 6 appearances in a Copa Libertadores campaign that saw Flamengo reach the final, losing 2 – 1 after extra time against fellow Brazilian club Palmeiras.

The 2022 campaign would be Gomes’ last at Flamengo and in Brazil as a whole. He made 29 appearances in the league and got 1 assist in a season where his club would go on to finish in 5th place, with 62 points being accumulated by the team in their 38 matches.

Gomes also made 12 appearances in the 2022 Copa Libertadores, collecting one assist. His performances helped Flamengo to reach the final, where this time they won the Copa Libertadores thanks to a 1 – 0 win against another Brazilian club in the form of Club Athletico Paranaense. Former Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa scored the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time (45+4’).

Then, in January 2023, Wolves successfully fought off competition from the likes of French Giants Olympique Lyonnais for Joao Gomes’ signature. Gomes signed for the West Midlands club on 30th January 2023 for a reported fee of approximately £15 million.

Gomes went on to make 11 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2022/23 season, during which he scored his first ever and a winning goal on his debut, which was in Wolves’ 2 – 1 league win against Southampton on 11th February 2023. Gomes and Wolves finished 13th with 41 points from their 38 matches.

In the 2023/24 campaign so far, Joao Gomes has made 20 appearances in all competitions, with 18 of these coming in the Premier League. At the time of writing, Wolves currently sit 11th with 28 points after 20 matches under the stewardship of Head Coach Gary O’Neil.

Spurs are now reportedly in the race for Joao Gomes’ signature, and a report from FourFourTwo (via Flaweb – a Brazilian news outlet), the fee demanded by Wolves is £30 million. This would represent a signing that would provide quality in the short term, but this would also be a long term signing as well with the player only 22 years old.

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