Manchester United are reportedly considering a summer move for Valencia forward Maxi Gomez, who has a release clause of €140 million in his contract.
Spanish publication Cadena SER have claimed that Maxi Gomez is firmly on the radar of Manchester United. The Red Devils are considering improving on their options in attack come summer and are contemplating a move for the Valencia forward after the end of the 2019-20 season.
The report further added that Maxi Gomez will not be a cheap acquisition, should Manchester United pursue the forward. The Valencia forward has a €140 million release clause in his contract that runs till the summer of 2024.
Maxi Gomez arrived in Europe in 2017, with Celta Vigo rolling the dice on the Defensor forward. After two successful seasons with the club, the 23-year-old joined Valencia in the summer of 2019 and has had a decent season by his standards up until now. Gomez has 8 goals and 2 assists in the league from 18 matches, which is a healthy contribution ratio.
Manchester United have quality forwards in their ranks. Marcus Rashford is having the best season yet of his footballing career, but is out with an injury for the next month and a half. Anthony Martial has been among the goals, but has not impressed in the number 9 role, with his movement not as fluid and his lack of consistency something a leading centre forward cannot afford in front of the goal.
Mason Greenwood is already in double digits for the season in all competitions in what is his debut senior campaign. But, Romelu Lukaku is yet to be replaced and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in the post-match conference after the aggregate Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City that he needs a striker with a certain skillset.
While Maxi Gomez might not literally want to break his nose or toes to score a goal, the 23-year-old’s desire to put the goal in the back of the net is something that the La Liga fans have witnessed from up close. At 23, Maxi Gomez will fit right into Solskjaer’s vision of building a team that can compete for trophies for the coming years.
The release clause fee might be steep. But, Manchester United would look to get Maxi Gomez in for a fee less than his buyout clause; ideally around the same overall fee that they are paying Sporting CP for Bruno Fernandes.