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Micah Richards praises Man Utd target Joao Gomes

Micah Richards has lavished praise on Wolverhampton Wanderers star Joao Gomes for his brilliant display on international duty (h/t the Rest is Football podcast).

The 23-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances this season. He has made 28 appearances across all competitions, bagging two goals and an assist.

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the Brazilian ahead of the summer transfer window. 

They view him as a replacement for Casemiro, who could leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Gomes’ excellent club form led to a call-up to the Brazil squad, and he debuted in Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over England. 

The midfielder played the entire match for the Selecao, playing a key role in their success at the Wembley Stadium. Richards was impressed by his display.

“We have to give a quick shoutout to Gomes of Wolves,” Richards said. “Oh, my word, what a player he is.

“I didn’t have the team sheet or my glasses on. I was thinking, ‘who’s this guy?’ I couldn’t even see until I got my glasses on, but Gomes – he is a player.

“Obviously, we don’t get to see Wolves too much on TV. We see them on Match of the Day.

“Seeing him up close and personal, his touches, his anticipation when he’s winning the ball back and his weight of ball forward. Sorry Wolves fans – he’s going to the top that lad.”

Gomes joined Wolves in January 2023 and has since made 39 appearances across all competitions.

The 23-year-old has averaged 3.5 tackles, 0.8 clearances and 1.5 dribbles per game in the English top flight. 

He would cost United around £40 million, which looks justified considering his enormous potential. 

Stats from Sofascore