Manchester United’s academy product Angel Gomes has signed a five year contract with the French side, Lille announced on Monday.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder failed to agree a new contract after his existing one expired this June, leading Lille to snap the youngster on a free.
But the football enthusiasts will have to wait to watch him play in France, as he is loaned to Portuguese outfit Boavista for the duration of the 2020-21 season.
“We are very happy to welcome Angel Gomes who comes free from Manchester United,” Lille CEO Marc Ingla said. “Angel represents one of the greatest international prospects in his position. He is a very intelligent player in his decision making, technical, agile, but also endowed with strong leadership abilities, as shown by captaining England’s Under-20 side. He is still young but has immense talent and potential. We are very happy to have convinced him to join LOSC.”
Football was always in young Angel’s genes. He is the cousin of ex-Manchester United star Nani, while his father Gil Gomes, who featured for Sheffield Wednesday, also spent time playing professionally in France for Tours.
A capable player, Gomes can play out wide or through the centre. He started training with the Manchester United academy at the age of six and broke through the professional ranks in 2017, racking up eight apperances for the senior team during the 2019-20 campaign, including three Europa League and two Premier League outings.
Lille are in transition period having already sold Victor Osimhen to Napoli for a reported fee of €81m.
Angel Gomes is the third summer signing after the French side completed deals for forwards Isaac Lihadji and Burak Yilmaz on free transfers similar to Gomes.