Wolverhampton Wanderers were heavily linked with Valencia star Goncalo Guedes in the summer and the Portuguese superstar has started the season impressively.
It was reported in the summer that Wolves were set to make an offer for Guedes, as per ESPN, but a move didn’t materialise.
Guedes is a Jorge Mendes client and the super agent has strong Portuguese connections at Molineux.
Bruno Lage’s side may be stacked with attacking talent – Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence, Hee-Chan Hwang, Adama Traore, Fabio Silva, Trincao and the returning Pedro Neto.
But as Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain have shown this summer, if the right player becomes available then sometimes the offer is too good to turn down.
There is no denying that Guedes would add quality and depth to the Wolves squad, but how has he started in La Liga this season?
Strong start by Wolves target Guedes
According to WhoScored, Guedes is ranked in the top ten (ninth) for player ratings in La Liga so far this season.
He has two goals and two assists from eight La Liga matches. He has been playing as a second striker similar to Hwang under Lage.
Valencia, who didn’t qualify for a European competition this season are currently 8th.
La Liga defenders know the quality Guedes possesses and as a result the Portuguese international has been getting some special treatment for opposing teams.
Only Mauro Arambarri (3) and Memphis Depay (3.1) average getting fouled more times per game than Guedes (2.9).
The 24-year-old is currently averaging 2.1 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in the Spanish top-flight.
With his current Valencia contract due to expire in June 2023, Wolves could tempt the Spanish giants to cash in on their prized asset if the former Paris Saint Germain man shows no desire to sign a new deal.
The forward has been called up to the Portugal squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers alongside Wolves’ midfield duo Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.
If Guedes maintains his current form, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wolves and several other top European clubs ramp up their interest in signing him.