Barcelona paraded Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes at the Camp Nou on Wednesday after his 55-million-euro capture from Valencia on a five-year deal.
The 22-year-old, part of Portugal’s European Championship-winning side, has a release clause of 100 million euros ($110 mn, £84 mn) and will cost an initial 35 million euros, with 20 million in add-ons.
“Every club has its own personality. The one that suits me the best is Barcelona,” the player said, adding that he had rebuffed other offers to move to other clubs.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 28, 2016
Gomes made 77 appearances for Valencia in two seasons after joining from Portuguese side Benfica.
Welcome to Barça, André. Very happy to have you with us and certain that success will follow pic.twitter.com/MvVbRODT47
— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) July 27, 2016
He was also believed to be a target of Barcelona’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.