Wolverhampton Wanderers have had their hopes of signing the next Diogo Jota boosted by Valencia after the Spanish side agreed to let Goncalo Guedes leave permanently.
The La Liga outfit have made their intentions clear – they are willing to let their Portuguese starlet leave permanently this summer.
They signed him from French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain on loan in 2017, making his transfer a permanent one the following year.
According to Calciomercato, Valencia have decided that the 25-year-old ‘can leave’, although it is claimed that they will only sell for €40m (£33m) – the same fee that they paid to Paris Saint-Germain four years ago.
Guedes is not short of admirers, with Jose Mourinho’s Roma reportedly monitoring the 25-year-old for several months.
Francisco Trincao, who is on loan from Barcelona, has disappointed this season, offering just two goals and one assist in 24 appearances, and he has consequently struggled for game-time as of late.
It seems clear that the Old Gold require a fresh source of creativity, and a move for Guedes can not only solve their problem, but could also have echoes of their shrewd capture of Jota. The current Liverpool star made an instant impression after joining Wolves on loan in 2017, with 17 league goals that season persuading the Black Country outfit to sign him permanently.
He left for Anfield in 2020 having netted 44 goals and supplied 19 assists in 131 appearances, and Wolves may well be hoping for a similar return from his compatriot Guedes.
Currently sat on 11 goals, the 25-year-old is enduring his best domestic campaign to date and is Valencia’s top scorer in La Liga this season.
It’s not just his goal-threat which has stood out, as he has also demonstrated ability as an out-and-out creator. In the Valencia squad this season, Guedes has created the highest amount of big chances with seven and is joint-top with fellow prospect Carlos Soler in terms of assists, with five.
His ball-carrying ability is one of his best attributes and has helped Valencia progress on the pitch this season. His 1.8 successful dribbles per match rank him highest in Los Che’s squad in La Liga.
Considering that Wolves have struggled to create and score goals this season, a move for Guedes makes sense and should be prioritised. In turn, Bruno Lage may just end up recruiting Jota 2.0 at Molineux.
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