Journalist Liam Keen has given his views on a potential bid from Wolves for Portuguese forward Gonçalo Guedes.
A recent report from Goal has claimed that Bruno Lage’s men are “already considering making an offer for the Portuguese winger of about €25m-€30m”.
The 24-year-old, who scored seven goals and contributed seven assists in all competitions for Valencia last season, is a client of Jorge Mendes, who has done plenty of business with Wolves in the past, so could make the deal a lot easier should they decide to pursue it.
Speaking about the matter on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, Keen stopped short of quashing reports that Wolves were interested in him, but didn’t seem to think that there was any solid movement in terms of the deal just yet:
“He is a decent player, to be fair. He can play either wing, can play through the middle, would be, to be honest, a very typical Wolves signing. Obviously, he’s Portuguese in terms of his Mendes links and where he’s playing at the moment – it wouldn’t surprise me, I’ll put it that way.
“As it stands right now, that’s neither here nor there as we speak, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some potential interest, there.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Keen’s comments about Gonçalo Guedes and Wolves…
Would you like to see Goncalo Guedes sign?
Whilst it’s true that Wolves do need help when it comes to goals and creativity upfront, having averaged less than a goal a game in the league last season, spending that sort of money on Guedes does come across as rather risky, especially when you consider the restraints that they are under when it comes to their transfer budget.
Unless they sell a big-name player like Adama Traore – who has been subject to speculation about his future – in order to raise the funds, then they are potentially gambling their whole window on this one player.
And whilst his numbers from last year might look reasonable enough to think he could help out, when you add in the risk factor of him not being able to adjust to the Premier League, it does look like a rather expensive gamble to be taking when there might be cheaper options out there.