Wolves confirm Goncalo Guedes signing on a five-year deal

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed the signing of Goncalo Guedes on a five-year deal from Valencia.

The Portugal international becomes the second signing for Wolves this summer after they previously brought in defender Nathan Collins from Burnley.

Wolves are looking to improve their attacking play this season after they scored just 38 Premier League goals last season and continued at the same goal per game rate in the 2-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday.

And so they have brought in Guedes who scored 28 goals in 146 La Liga appearances for Valencia.

The 25-year-old joins on a £27.5m and will provide the attacking presence Wolves badly need following an injury to Raul Jimenez in pre-season.

Speaking after the deal was concluded, Wolves Chairman Jeff Shi said: “We have been monitoring Goncalo for a long time and are very pleased to welcome him to Wolves. He has natural talent and has performed very well across Europe and for his country, and we think he is well suited to the Premier League.

“We are always looking to improve the squad with high quality, and have been patient to make sure we got the right player. Goncalo worked with Bruno at Benfica and played with many members of our squad previously, so we’re confident he will settle quickly into the group here.

“Very few transfers are ever straightforward, and this was no exception, with a number of clubs trying to secure the player right up until the last minute. Now, we are delighted that Goncalo is a Wolves player and look forward to giving him a warm welcome at Molineux this Saturday.”

A Valencia statement confirming the deal read: “Valencia CF and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have reached an agreement this Monday, August 8, for the transfer of Goncalo Guedes to the English club.

“The club thanks him for his professionalism as a Valencia CF player and wishes him the best of luck in this new stage of his career.”

Guedes can play as a striker or on the wing. He began his career at Benfica where he worked with Wolves manager Bruno Lage.

The Portuguese international has won 32 caps for the national team since making his senior debut in 2015. He was part of the Portugal team that won the 2019 Nations League, scoring the only goal in the final against the Netherlands.