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Arsenal have so far been inactive during the winter transfer window but if reports from the Portuguese media are accurate the Gunners may be on the verge of making their first major signing this January.
According to reliable Portuguese media outlet Record (as reported by Sport Witness), Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is currently in London to hold talks with Arsenal in regards to the transfer of attacker Gonçalo Guedes to the Gunners. According to the report, the Premier League giants are now well placed to sign the 20-year-old who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.
The report does however state that whilst talks are ongoing between Arsenal and the Benfica president it doesn’t necessarily mean the player will join the Premier League this month. That probably means if the two clubs don’t striker a deal this month then Arsenal could make the transfer happen in the summer.
One snag is that the Guedes reportedly has a release clause of €60 million (£51.9m) in his contract. Knowing Arsène Wenger, £51.9 million is a price the Frenchman is very unlikely to sanction, especially for a 20-year-old player outside of the big leagues.
As the transfer of Renato Sanches to Bayern Munich proved last summer, the Portuguese Primeira Liga have some very good young talent at the moment and judging by the calibre of the clubs interested in the services of Guedes, he must have something special about him. Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, Wenger is unlikely to see value at £51.9 million. Wenger didn’t even see value in Julian Draxler, an already established player at £34 million, so he is very unlikely to see value in 20-year-old.
Arsenal were linked to Draxler for a long while before he signed for PSG earlier this month. It would have been a great move for Arsenal, especially as we lack quality on the right wing right now, but unfortunately Wenger operates in his own world where he sees the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi all better than the 2014 World Cup winner.