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Everton reportedly land key boost in pursuit of ‘irreverent’ Goodison-linked 24-year-old

Everton have landed a boost in their hopes of signing Goncalo Guedes as the Valencia winger is open to joining a Premier League side, per Deportivo Valenciano.

The Toffees are monitoring Guedes’ situation at the Mestalla after his La Liga outfit set a €15million (£13m) valuation (Calciomercato). Valencia are having to sell some of their prized assets this summer to resolve their delicate financial situation (O Jogo).

Guedes should form a key part of Valencia’s efforts to raise funds in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese winger is no longer non-transferable, and his efforts toward the end of the season raise hopes of the 24-year-old having a market.

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Sevilla, Fiorentina and Villarreal are all mentioned as possible La Liga and Serie A destinations for Guedes. But Valencia are calm on his situation as they expect Premier League sides will explore a deal after previous interest.

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The Benfica product would not say no to testing himself in the country if the chance arises, either. He has spent the past three years in Spain after leaving Paris Saint-Germain for £36m (Sky Sports).

Valencia expect Guedes’ market to gain greater traction after Euro 2020. Fernando Santo has included the left-sided forward in his squad as Portugal strive to defend the European Championship trophy.

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Everton could face widespread competition in the race to sign Guedes in the summer transfer window. But the Valencia winger being open joining a Premier League side will come as a key boost for the Toffees’ hierarchy.

A move for the 24-year-old will hinge on what manager Farhad Moshiri and Director of Football Marcel Brands appoint, however. But they can put forward a convincing argument as Guedes offered six assists and five goals in 31 La Liga appearances last season.

Each of Guedes’ assists and four of his goals also came in 2021 after managing to turn his form around. He has long been a highly-rated player, though, with Portugal great Luis Figo among his advocates.

“Guedes is a fast, irreverent and unpredictable player, who builds actions for his partners and is just as capable of finishing them well himself,” Figo told Foot Mercato in 2018.

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