Arsenal and Liverpool are among the clubs keen on acquiring the services of Valencia star Goncalo Guedes.
According to a recent report from Fichajes, Goncalo Guedes is facing an uncertain future at Valencia. The Spanish outfit are in need of a financial boost, with the Portuguese star emerging as one of the prime candidates to be offloaded in the near future, leaving the board members as well as the coach Pepe Bordalas with a decision to make.
It has put Arsenal and Liverpool on red alert, as the two Premier League giants look to lure Guedes to English shores after an exciting year of football for the former Benfica prodigy.
Indeed, Guedes has had a rapid rise in stock this year, thanks to his excellent performances during the second half of last season. He was involved in a total of nine goals in Valencia’s last 13 league matches, earning him a place in the Portugal squad for the European championship.
The 24-year-old has maintained his high level of performance in the new season as well. He has been involved in four goals in the opening eight matches. And his performances have not gone unnoticed, with Arsenal prepared to snap him up to supplement their wide attacking department that has lacked creativity so far.
Not to mention, Guedes’s ability to play as a right wing-back could be useful for Mikel Arteta, especially after the loan exit of Hector Bellerin. Although new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu has done well, Guedes can add more spice going forward, ultimately adding a new dimension and tactical versatility in the defensive unit.
The Gunners, though, are set to face stiff competition from Liverpool, who are in the market for a new versatile wide player. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will be departing for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, and that is where Goncalo Guedes comes into the fray.
The Portuguese international can offer backup for Salah on the right flank while also being an option through the middle. However, Liverpool are not the only clubs to have been linked with a move for Guedes, who was courted by Manchester United earlier this month.
It sets the stage up perfectly for a potential bidding war in the upcoming January transfer window as Premier League clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United battle it out to acquire the services of the 24-year-old Portuguese attacker.