As a result, Gustavo was sent out on to Palmeiras in 2018, with the Brazilian club eventually securing his services permanently last summer, for a fee of only €2m. It has turned out to be a massive bargain, as the 28-year-old has proven to be a defensive lynchpin for Palmeiras, forming a solid partnership alongside Luan Teixeira and Renan Silva last year.
The Paraguayan defender has also starred for the national team, especially in the early stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying season. His formidable understanding with Junior Alonso and Fabian Balbuena were, in fact, vital in helping his country stay sturdy at the back, losing only once in the first six games.
Gustavo Gomez’s contributions have not gone unnoticed it looks, with the Blues now mulling over a move for the Palmeiras defender. It is an interesting option from the German manager, but perhaps not a surprising one, as Thomas Tuchel needs to be creative in the current state of the transfer market.
Chelsea have made an enquiry for Palmeiras centre-back Gustavo Gomez, according to Versus. The Paraguayan website claim that both sources in Brazil and those close to the player have told them that the Blues had been asking about the 28-year-old.
Gomez has been with Palmeiras for the best part of three years, having initially joined the Brazilian Serie A side on a two-year loan deal from AC Milan before signing on a permanent basis last summer.
The Paraguayan international defender has been in good form, having helped Palmeiras win the Copa Libertadores (South America’s equivalent of the Champions League) back in January.
Even so, Gomez is hardly a well-known name in Europe, and it may be the case that manager Thomas Tuchel wants to strengthen his options at centre-half, without breaking the bank, so Chelsea can then invest most of their transfer budget in the likes of Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi.