Wolves complete signing Guedes | Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
The 25-year-old joins after a five-year stint at Valencia, and his most productive in Spanish football, where he scored 13 times and registered six assists to guide his side through the first half of La Liga.
Capable of playing on the left and coming inside on his preferred right foot, Guedes also operated wide on the right and in the center for Valencia, where he became a key figure under Gennaro Gattuso.
Guedes is a product of Benfica’s academy, where he rose through the system under the watchful eye of Bruno Lage, who served as youth coach at the Portuguese club, and the pair are now reunited at Molineux.
A senior debutant at the age of 17, Guedes was quickly integrated into the first team and scored his first senior goal in September 2015, now with Wolves teammates Nelson Semedo and Raul Jimenez on the pitch in Benfica red.
Just four days later, Guedes became the youngest Portuguese player to score in the Champions League group stage, for a period the prospect was named Segunda Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year, such was his impact at a young age.
Three consecutive Primeira Liga titles saw potential turn into silverware for Guedes, who won seven team honors in total, which ultimately led to a big-money transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and a Premier League title. League 1.
At the time of his move to Paris, Guedes was on the Portuguese international scene, making his first cap of 32 senior caps in 2015, and his consistency in the squad saw him join Wolves’ Portuguese contingent, including Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. .
While time in France was short for Guedes, he returned to form on a loan to Valencia, which became permanent in the summer of 2018, and 12 months later featured as Valencia beat Barcelona in the final. of the Copa del Rey.
In the same summer, the striker scored the winning goal against the Netherlands to see Portugal win the first Nations League – one of seven international goals to his name, the most recent of which came against the Czech Republic he barely two months ago.
In 176 appearances for Valencia, Guedes netted 36 goals and provided 30 assists, producing regularly in the final third during a successful spell for the Portuguese, who will now appear in their fourth European top flight in the Premier League. .
Guedes arrived at Compton Park on Monday and, after completing his medical, will join Lage’s squad for training on Tuesday, starting his final chapter at Molineux.
Chairman Jeff Shi said: “We have been watching Goncalo for a long time and are very happy to welcome him to Wolves. He has a natural talent and has performed very well across Europe and for his country, and we believe he is well suited for the Premier League.
“We are always looking to improve the team with great quality and we were patient to make sure we had the right player. Goncalo worked with Bruno at Benfica and played with many members of our team before, so we are convinced that he will quickly integrate into the group here.
“Very few transfers are straightforward, and this has been no exception, with a number of clubs trying to secure the player until the last minute. Now we are delighted Goncalo is a Wolves player and we We are delighted to give him a warm welcome at Molineux this Saturday.