Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Chase £45m-Rated Goncalo Guedes, Top Rumours

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 8:  SL Benfica's midfielder Goncalo Guedes during the Primeira Liga match between SL Benfica and Boavista at Estadio da Luz on November 8, 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
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Chelsea will reportedly do battle with Manchester United, Arsenal and a host of top clubs for the signature of Benfica starlet Goncalo Guedes—who is tipped to be Portugal's next Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Steve Millar of the Daily Star said the winger now has an astonishing £45 million buyout clause in his latest deal, as the elite clubs in Europe desire his undoubted talent. Guedes is said to dislike the comparison to his iconic international team-mate, but he became Portugal's first 18-year-old since Ronaldo to make his full debut for his country.

Benfica's forward Goncalo Guedes (R) vies with Rio Ave's Ghanaian midfielder Alhassan Wakaso (C) during the Portuguese league football match Benfica vs Rio Ave at Luz stadium in Lisbon on December 20, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP / PATR

Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all monitoring the player, with Chelsea reportedly watching the attacker five times in recent months, according to Millar. 

Guedes also became the youngest ever Portuguese goal scorer in the Champions League when he hit a magnificent winner in an away match at Atletico Madrid at the start of the campaign, per Millar.

The player's audacious finish was captured on video:

BeIN Sports USA reporter David Cartlidge said Atletico had "no answers" for the winger in their first Champions League meeting against the Eagles:

The 19-year-old appears destined to become a superstar, and Benfica have been wise to insert the gigantic buyout clause in his latest deal.

However, if Guedes continues on the same trajectory of development as he has in the past 12 months, the price of £45 million could represent significant value in the very near future. 

Clubs will not be afraid to bid huge sums for the world's best young talents, as United's £36 million swoop for Anthony Martial in the summer proved, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian. Martial is only 11 months older than Guedes and has already proved a hit at Old Trafford in the Premier League, as his price tag quickly fades from supporters' memories.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Radamel Falcao of Chelsea slides on the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea on August 23, 2015 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Gett
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In other news, Radamel Falcao is likely to remain at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season after Monaco admitted they do not want him back at present.

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev told the team's DailyMotion page (h/t Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star) that the Ligue 1 club have no interest in ending his loan at the Blues: "We have decided not to take him [Falcao] back to Monaco for the moment."

As the reputation of Falcao collapses after his injury problems, the status of Guedes grows. The youngster is one of the most exciting talents on the planet, and he has a maturity beyond his years.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 8: Benfica's forward Goncalo Guedes celebrates scoring Benfica's first goal during the match between SL Benfica and Boavista FC at Estadio da Luz on November 8, 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images
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A move to England would severely test the teenager, but Ronaldo's switch to the Premier League was the making of him, forcing the attacker to develop his physique and learn to take punishment from defenders without letting his personal standards slip.

Guedes would be a capture Chelsea could build a dynasty around, as the current crop of attackers at the Bridge have seen their usefulness decrease since winning the title. 

The next full-time boss of Chelsea will desire a red-hot talent at his disposal, and the Portuguese whizz-kid could be the answer to Blues supporters' dreams and aspirations.