An update has emerged on Wolves’ pursuit of Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes regarding the details of a potential deal.
It has been reported that Valencia want a fee in the region of £30m (€35m) for the winger, with Wolves now hoping that the 31-year-old’s prospective inclusion in the deal can bring that figure down.
Wolves could seal a terrifying attack if they are able to bring Guedes to the club this month. Including Saiss in the deal could be a masterstroke by Wanderers if it allows them to pay a lower fee for the Portuguese forward instead of splashing out the entire £30m, whilst also getting the Moroccan’s wages off the bill.
The former PSG attacker could be an excellent addition to Wolves’ squad. The 24-year-old is an exciting talent who has ample experience playing at the top level. He has 23 caps for Portugal, played for PSG in Ligue 1 and has made 137 appearances for Valencia in Spain.
Guedes averaged 2.1 dribbles completed and 1.1 chances created per game in La Liga last season for Valencia, which shows that he is direct in his play and likes to take on defenders. This could get Wolves fans off their seats in excitement and strike fear into opposition players.
Portuguese legend Luis Figo once lauded the 24-year-old and highlighted his unpredictability as one of his biggest strengths. He told Foot Mercato, as transcribed by Tribal Football: “Guedes is a fast, irreverent and unpredictable player, who himself builds actions for his teammates and is also able to finish well.”
This makes him similar to Adama Traore at Molineux. Last season, the Spaniard averaged 4.1 dribbles and 1.5 key passes per game in the Premier League, having managed five and 1.3 respectively in the previous campaign. This shows that both players like to get the ball out of their feet and run at players, which is why the pair could be a frightening prospect for Premier League defences.
Bruno Lage must ensure that this deal gets over the line because the terrifying attack he could have with Adama and Guedes either side of Raul Jimenez could be brilliant to watch this season. Their pace and trickery out wide could create a hatful of chances for the Mexican to score, hopefully propelling Wolves back into the top half of the Premier League table.