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Spurs: Goncalo Guedes could be an ideal Gareth Bale replacement

Tottenham Hotspur could be a potential destination for Goncalo Guedes this summer…

What’s the word?

That’s according to Sphera Sports editor and RadioESport Valencia host Domingo Ortiz, who claimed on Twitter that if Nuno Espirito Santo were hired as Spurs’ next boss, the north London outfit may then emerge as contenders for the 24-year-old’s signature.

The 47-year-old has since been appointed, which makes this claim a little more intriguing, especially as it seems that the Valencia winger is a man in demand across Europe.

O Jogo suggested earlier in the year that Guedes could be on the chopping block this summer due to the La Liga outfit’s finances and since then, Nuno’s former club Wolves, fellow Premier League rivals West Ham and Everton, as well as Fiorentina, have all been linked with a move for him.

Should Spurs make a move for Guedes?

Yes please!

Yes please!

No thanks!

No thanks!

Bale replacement

Nuno certainly has a lot on his plate in north London and, with pre-season training just days away, he and the club’s decision-makers – namely Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy – will need to get a move on.

There is, of course, the future of Harry Kane to resolve but the playing squad is in dire need of an overhaul right across the pitch, too.

It has been revealed recently that Spurs do not have a second-season option as part of their loan agreement with Real Madrid over Gareth Bale, which means the Welsh superstar is currently set to return to the Bernabeu to see out his contract.

That leaves a gigantic hole in the squad, as aside from Kane and Heung-min Son, the 31-year-old attacker proved to be a valuable source of goals, registering 11 goals and two assists in the league despite a comparative lack of playing time.

Guedes is an interesting candidate the fill that void, particularly as he’s able to play anywhere across the front three, so not only can he fill that gap on the right but also provide backup to Spurs’ other deadly duo.

Across 34 appearances in all competitions, the 23-cap Portugal international directly contributed to 14 goals, whilst in La Liga alone he ranked as Valencia’s third-best regular (6.83) and recorded an average of 2.1 dribbles, 1.6 shots and 1.1 key passes per game, which was either first or second in the whole team, as per WhoScored.

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Spurs could win the race to secure him thanks to super-agent Jorge Mendes, who helped Nuno land many a top-quality player at Molineux. He’s someone with whom Levy has frequently worked, too, bringing Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to the club as recently as last summer.

The £22.5m-rated Guedes has just been knocked out of Euro 2020 and in the past has earned praise from Portugal legend Luis Figo, who told Foot Mercato (via Tribal Football): “Guedes is a fast, irreverent and unpredictable player, who himself builds actions for his teammates and is also able to finish well.”

Guedes has even earned lofty comparisons to one of the greatest to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst his old Benfica coach Rui Vitoria has also dubbed him a “quality player.”

Furthermore, the 5 foot 10 forward has been described as a “special talent” and a physical “animal” too, perhaps backing up that likeness to the Juventus star.

It remains to be seen how much the Portuguese winger would cost but, with Bale unlikely to return as of right now, you’d surely have to consider Guedes a viable target considering his ties to Gestifute.

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