Wolves are reportedly set to step up their efforts to sign Valencia forward Goncalo Guedes and have a plan to get a deal over the line.
It was reported in March that the West Midlanders were keen on the Portugal winger. The 24-year-old moved to Valencia in the summer of 2017, penning a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain. Despite links to Manchester United he signed permanent terms at the Mestalla a year later. Guedes has never been a regular starter with Valencia but has made 22 La Liga appearances this term.
He has been given the nod from the off on just 18 occasions, while making 14 starts in 2019-2020. But Football Insider feel Nuno Espirito Santo has seen enough to suggest he wants his compatriot at Molineux.
Guedes is more of a provider than goalscorer and has found the net only 14 times from 99 league outings. But Nuno clearly feels he would dovetail well with Wolves’ attacking ranks, with Raul Jimenez set to return next season.
One man who has failed to hit the heights since joining Wolves is Patrick Cutrone. The man with one Italy cap inked a four-year deal with the club in July 2019.
He had hardly been prolific in front of goal for previous club Milan and that trait continued in England. The 23-year-old hitman was sent to Fiorentina on an 18-month loan deal in January 2020.
But he was recalled by Nuno in this year’s winter window after just 11 substitute appearances in 2020-2021. The Como-born forward was then shipped off to Valencia and now plays in the same side as Guedes.
However, they have rarely featured together with Cutrone enjoying just 56 minutes of league football to date.
Ambitious swap-deal for Guedes mooted
Wolves are said to want Cutrone off their wage bill and may offer him in part-exchange for Guedes. But it is open to debate whether Valencia will be keen to keep a player already surplus to requirements.
He has little chance of featuring much before the end of the campaign. The fact that Guedes is on Jorge Mendes’ books is a huge bonus for Wolves.
The super-agent has brought many top stars to the club and may be doing further business over the summer months.
Nuno’s men have struggled to score goals this season due to injury woes. And it seems inevitable that there will be attacking additions to the ranks in the off-season.
Their next task is a trip to west London to take on struggling Fulham on Friday night.