Benfica are ready to offload promising winger Goncalo Guedes, according to reports.

The 19-year-old is highly rated in Portugal but is struggling for first-team opportunities at the Estadio da Luz.

And Portuguese newspaper Record say Benfica are ready to cash in on the teenager as they look to cut down their squad.

The report adds that Manchester United and Arsenal have both been tracking Guedes.

Primarily a winger, Benfica’s options in that position has seen Guedes deployed as a second striker during pre-season.

However, he is unlikely to start there when the season gets underway with it being filled by the club’s top scorer Jonas.

United were linked with Guedes in January with reports claiming they had sent scouts to watch him in action.

However, it is unlikely they would make a move for him this summer with Jose Mourinho having made the four signings he stated he wanted when he took over – Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

Mourinho also stated in May that he would not be signing any players from Portugal during his first transfer window at United.

Arsenal, however, are on the hunt for attacking options although Arsene Wenger is focused on signing a striker.

Goncalo Guedes plays a lot like most of the best wingers in the world play. It all starts with passing and setting up his teammates for Guedes and then come to the goals. Guedes’ ability to set up his teammates from the wing at a remarkable rate make him almost impossible to keep out of the lineup.

The key to Guedes’ great passing ability is his awareness. He always knows where his teammates are on the pitch.

Besides being a great passer, Guedes is a great dribbler as well. Dribbling ability is something that all of the best wingers in the world possess, and Guedes constantly shows his ability to keep the ball and dribble by players.

The young lad has weaknesses in his game as well. One of his weaknesses is that he just started playing in the first division for Benfica.

Having such a small amount of experience against solid competition is one of the main reasons why big clubs will be reluctant to spend a lot of money to get him.


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