Valencia Rejects €70m Bid From Chelsea For Portuguese Ace: The Ideal Replacement For Hazard?

According to Plaza Deportiva, Chelsea have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Goncalo Guedes. It is believed that the Blues had tabled a staggering €70 million bid for the Portuguese sensation. But, that offer was rejected by Valencia, who are reluctant to let go of their prized asset this summer.

Guedes’ disappointing season at Valencia

After failing to make an impression in the PSG first-team, Guedes joined Valencia permanently for a fee of €40 million last summer. But, his return to Mestalla hasn’t been a sweet one as the Portuguese international has struggled with injuries and lack of game-time for the most of the season.

Indeed, the 22-year-old made only 25 appearances, which adds up to just 1,468 minutes of league football. His overall game-time was drastically minimised due to a groin injury back in December that kept him out for almost two months. He did, however, score five goals and provided two assists since returning from injury in mid-February.

Overall, Guedes was involved in eight league goals, which is considerably fewer than what he managed in his debut campaign at the Mestalla (16 goals).

What can Guedes bring to the table?

Guedes is an excellent runner with the ball as he often looks to attack the opposition whenever he receives possession. He is blessed with an electric pace that makes him a genuine threat on the counter. He is also technically astute, thus enabling him to play quick one-twos with teammates in the final third.

The 22-year-old is really skilful on the ball, and his nimble footwork allows him to drift past defenders quite easily. He notably averaged a whopping 2.5 successful dribbles per game with Valencia during the 2017/18 campaign.

But, what makes him such a sought-after attacker in Europe is his versatility. Guedes can play anywhere across frontline, including the role of a secondary striker. And that makes it easier for managers to accomodate him in their respective offensive units.

Should Chelsea persist their interest in Guedes?

After losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer, Chelsea will be keen to secure a long-term replacement. Guedes, in that regard, seems like an ideal choice given the talent he possesses at such a young age. He is also quite versatile and can create chances in the final third.

However, Chelsea obviously won’t be able to sign Guedes this summer due to their impending transfer ban. But, the Blues should definitely look to work out some sort of loan deal, which could make sense as Valencia are unwilling to sell two of their main attackers this summer amid reports linking Rodrigo Moreno to a move away from Mestalla.

Stat courtesy: Whoscored

The following two tabs change content below.

Anas Molla

An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Share This Article

Leeds United Expected To Sign This Premier League Ace On Season Long Loan: Decent Bet For Bielsa?

Next Story »

Liverpool & Man United Interested In Brazilian Forward: Ideal Long Term Replacement For Firmino


  • Brazilian Wonderkid Said To Be On Chelsea’s Radar If Transfer Ban Lifted: Who Is This Starlet?

    3 weeks ago

    According to a recent report by the Daily Express, Brazilian starlet Reinier Jesus is said to have piqued the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs, including ...

    Read More
  • Scout Report Of How Joe Gelhardt Would Be A Better Fit In Liverpool Attack If Brought As Duncan’s Successor

    3 months ago

    Bobby Duncan must have overcome his mental stress now upon completion of the desired transfer to Fiorentina. Liverpool sanctioned the transfer on the European deadline day even ...

    Read More
  • Liverpool Confirm Duncan Departure: 3 Replacements For Klopp To Consider Including Serie A Ace

    3 months ago

    Liverpool have confirmed the departure of Bobby Duncan on their official website after the English striker agreed to make a switch to Fiorentina this summer. The Whiston-born ...

    Read More
  • This Player Undergoes Medical At Celtic: Strengths And Weaknesses Of This Exciting Talent

    3 months ago

    According to the report from BBC, Celtic are set to seal the deal for Kilmarnock’s left-back Greg Taylor in the next 24 hours. The Scottish heavyweights had ...

    Read More
  • Borussia Dortmund Comes In For Bobby Duncan: Has The Liverpool Ace Done Irrevocable Damage To His Reputation?

    3 months ago

    All the tantrum and mayhem seem to have cooled down since the past couple of days, but the damage is already done by Saif Rubie who lambasted ...

    Read More