Udinese overtake United in race for Bruno Gomes…
Manchester United face a battle with Serie A club Udinese to sign Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Gomes from Desportivo Brasil, reports the Express.
The teenager was widely expected to join United when he turned 18, after enjoying a successful trial at the Premier League champions club back in 2012.
Sir Alex Ferguson was a big admirer of the tricky striker, but David Moyes is apparently less convinced, and Udinese have taken advantage of his lackadaisical approach.
The Italian side see Bruno Gomes as the long-term replacement for the impressive Luis Muriel, who will likely be leaving the club in January or at the end of the season. Liverpool are interested in the Colombian wing-forward, as they desperately lack depth in the final third, and could be willing to pay Udinese’s £15m valuation.
If Gomes does join the Italian side ahead of United, it could make Liverpool’s hopes of securing Muriel far easier. Udinese have a strong recent record of nurturing young South American talent, and developed Alexis Sanchez before selling him to Barcelona in 2011. Bruno Gomes may see his chances of first-team football increased if he joined the Serie A side, as players like Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez would block his path at Old Trafford.