The agent of Benfica’s teenage sensation Goncalo Guedes has revealed that a bid of no less than €50 million will be needed in order to acquire his client’s services.
Aged just 17, Guedes made his first-team debut for Benfica last month in the Portuguese Cup and, in the meantime, has been starring for the club’s B side in the Segunda Liga, scoring three goals in 11 appearances so far this season while operating on the left wing.
The versatile forward’s enormous potential has seen Arsenal linked to his signature for some time, but the likes of AC Milan Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia have now also been reported as potential suitors.
Compared in style to now-former France international Franck Ribery, conflicting reports have been circulating about the size of his release clause but, regardless, agent Paulo Rodrigues insists that the Portuguese prospect will be sticking around the Estadio da Luz for the foreseeable future.
“There are so many rumours about him but I, the player and the club want him to continue to play for Benfica,’ he told Calciomercato. “His dream is to succeed with this shirt, I think he can become stronger than Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Guedes has a contract until 2019 and he costs 50 million euros. Several clubs want the player, but no one is willing to meet the Benfica's demands and the club don't want to sell him.”
While one would guess that the sizeable asking price is somewhat exaggerated, it looks like Arsenal will still have a tough time in their potential pursuit of Guedes, considering his ever-growing reputation.