Goncalo Guedes completed his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Valencia earlier this week, and the La Liga side are taking every precaution to keep him around for the long term.
Guedes spent last season on loan at Valencia from the Ligue 1 side, and finally made his temporary spell permanent this week, completing a £36m transfer back to Spain.
Valencia are clearly keen to keep the 21-year-old around. They signed him to a six-year deal, and put a £270m release clause in his contract, according to the BBC. Even Europe’s richest clubs would think twice about paying that sort of fee for Neymar or Ronaldo, let alone Guedes.
Arsenal reportedly made contact with PSG earlier in the summer over Guedes, but even at the time it was clear that the player’s priority was to return to the club where he spent last season.
The Gunners were also probably slightly less keen after watching the Portuguese international at the World Cup. The winger was nowhere near his best, considering the hype around him after a strong season in Spain. He scored six goals and provided 11 assists in 2017/18, but only managed one slightly fortunate assist in Russia.
We’ll see whether he can return to form back in Spain and justify Valencia’s investment.