Wolves have signed Goncalo Guedes, with an official announcement from the club imminent.
The club swooped for the Portugal international at the weekend after losing their first Premier League game of the season against Leeds United.
He has signed a long-term contract at Molineux, with Wolves paying Valencia around £27.5 million.
It is an exciting move by the club, and one that has perhaps been a long time coming.
Guedes has regularly been linked with Wolves over the past couple of years. And fans will now finally get to see him in action in a Wolves shirt.
But just who is Wolves’ new £27.5 million man? Here are a few things to know…
Developed by Benfica
Guedes started his career with Benfica, joining their youth academy back in 2005.
He instantly caught attention when he scored all five goals in a 5-0 win on his debut. He was just eight years old, and his haul came against a team of boys three years older than him.
Guedes would develop at an exciting rate, and in April 2014, he made his debut for Benfica’s B team.
And later that year, he was given his first-team debut. He came on as a substitute against Sporting da Covilha in the third round of the Taca de Portugal.
He eventually left the club in January 2017 to join Paris Saint-Germain for an initial fee of €30 million, plus €7 million in bonuses.
Guedes has featured for Portugal at every age group since the U15s.
The star received his first senior call-up from Fernando Santos back in November 2015, and he made his debut against Russia.
It was two years later when he scored his first goal for his country, bagging in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
Since making his debut, Guedes has gone on to accrue 31 caps.
He has been to two major tournaments so far; the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020. He has also played in the UEFA Nations League.
He’s actually won a fair few trophies already
It is always good to sign players that have experience of winning things.
It can only be good for the general mentality, and Guedes has gotten his hands on silverware several times already in his career.
He won the league three times with Benfica. He didn’t feature much in the season he made his debut, but the second and third seasons he made 18 and 16 league appearances respectively. He also won the Taça da Portugal once, two Taça da Ligas and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (Portuguese equivalent of the Community Shield).
His move to PSG was a big disappointment in terms of actual playing time. He only made eight appearances in Ligue 1 across two seasons. He was still a part of the club winning two titles though. He also won one Coupe de France and one Trophee des Champions (French equivalent of the Community Shield).
And at Valencia, he won the Copa del Rey in 2019.
At international level, Guedes was a part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League in 2019. And it was he that scored in the 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.
His ‘biggest strength’ is his ball carrying
Get Spanish Football News recently produced an interesting feature piece on Guedes, amid speculation that he could be leaving the club this summer.
It delved into his play-style, and the positions he likes to take up.
Apparently, Guedes’ biggest strength is his ball carrying ability.
They say: “Guedes’ biggest strength is his ball-carrying. A direct and explosive runner with the ball, he offers solutions when his team is struggling to advance the ball into the final third.
“The alternative to a team not having good enough passers between the lines is a ball-carrier like Guedes, who rarely loses the ball in deeper areas once he picks it up or in the middle third when he is advancing at speed.”
It is also stated that he can deliver magic out of nowhere, is an X-factor player and has the potential to become world-class within the next few years.
He previously had Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons
Earlier in his career Guedes was dubbed as being the next Cristiano Ronaldo, with UEFA.com noting he was ‘quick, incisive, powerful and with an eye for goal’ just like the legendary Manchester United striker.
Like CR7, he is capable of playing anywhere across the forward line. And in recent times, Guedes has played more centrally, just like Ronaldo, who started out as a winger.
Guedes hasn’t quite lived up to those comparisons. It was always going to be very difficult given Ronaldo’s insane consistency.
But Wolves have undoubtedly got themselves a really exciting player, and someone who can hopefully increase the goal output significantly at Molineux.