Wolverhampton Wanderers are ‘preparing medical tests’ for Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes ahead of his move to Molineux, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Guedes’ arrival
According to Gols Media journalist Hector Gomez, Wolves made a £29.5m offer (inclusive of potential add-ons) for the 25-year-old forward, following on from the club’s first defeat of the 2022/23 campaign.
Sport Italia journalist Gianluigi Longari then revealed that the player was close to agreeing personal terms with the west Midlands club.
Following the news, Valencia manager Gennaro Gattuso was quoted saying: “The club told me they’ve received a huge proposal for Guedes from a Premier League club”.
The Latest: Romano’s update
Romano has shared an update regarding Wolves’ pursuit of Guedes, revealing that a deal in the region of €30m-€32m (£25.3m-£27m) is now approaching its final stages.
Taking to Twitter on Monday afternoon, the reliable journalist claimed: “Wolves are preparing medical tests for Gonçalo Guedes to join the club this week. Fee will be around €30/32m plus add-ons, long term contract ready in order to get the deal signed. #WWFC
“Documents are being prepared as Valencia accepted Wolves bid.”
The Verdict: Fantastic news
The arrival of Guedes at Molineux will provide Lage with a pacey winger who carries an almighty attacking threat.
Compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the 25-year-old ranks in the 95th percentile for progressive passes, the 94th percentile for dribbles completed and the 93rd percentile for progressive carries (via FBRef).
He chipped in with 11 goals and six assists in La Liga in 2021/22, scoring nearly twice as often as Wolves’ top scorer Raul Jimenez in the Premier League, so that influx of goals would surely be welcomed by Lage.
Would Guedes be a coup signing for Wolves?
After the news of the 25-year-old’s impending move to Molineux emerged, talkSPORT’s European expert Andy Brassell heaped praise on Wolves’ possible new addition, stating: “For Wolves I think Guedes will be absolutely fantastic, they need that little bit of extra bang upfront, maybe they could be in a bit of trouble if they’re not scoring goals.
“He’s someone who can play as a striker or as a winger, lightning quick, on his day as good as it gets.”
Therefore, with seemingly only a few minor details needing to be sorted now, Wolves could soon welcome a fantastic signing to Lage’s squad.
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