Gonçalo Guedes has sealed his big-money move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The 20-year old forward arrived in the French capital on Tuesday evening, before passing his medical on Wednesday morning. He has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, which ties him to Les Parisiens until June 30th 2021.
The transfer fee is €30 million, with Benfica liable to receive an additional €7 million if and when Guedes is transferred to another club in the future, subject to terms and conditions. He will wear the number 15 jersey.
Guedes joined Benfica's youth setup in 2005 and excelled at every level, before making his senior debut on October 18th 2014, against Sporting da Covilhã in the Portuguese Cup. He leaves the club having contributed 11 goals and 16 assists in 68 first team appearances. The youngster has represented Portugal on two occasions, in friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg, in November 2015.
This season, PSG are aiming for a fifth consecutive Ligue 1 title, a third successive Coupe de France, and a fourth consecutive Coupe de la Ligue. In Europe, Barcelona await in the Champions League round of 16, although Guedes will be unable to participate.
Speaking at his unveiling as a PSG player, Guedes outlined his ambition to lift plenty of silverware in France.
"I'm very happy to join such a big club as Paris Saint-Germain. Playing here with players of a very high standard will enable me to improve. Paris always play to win trophies, so my aim is to win as many trophies as possible, and that Paris keep on winning."
Guedes explained that he hopes to emulate Portuguese striker Pauleta (pictured below), who scored 109 goals in five seasons for PSG between 2003 and 2008.
"I know my compatriot Pauleta was well loved by the Paris Saint-Germain fans. I hope to do as well as he did, and one day to be loved just as much as him."
Paris Saint-Germain's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi also gave his reaction to the capture of the Portuguese international.
"We're happy to have brought in Gonçalo Guedes and want to wish him a warm welcome to Paris Saint-Germain. Gonçalo is a young European talent who fits perfectly with the aims of our project. He's been followed by numerous European clubs for several years, and he has made the choice to sign for Paris Saint-Germain."
There is a sizeable Portuguese population in Paris, and Benfica are better supported in France than the vast majority of teams in Ligue 1. Al-Khelaifi feels that Guedes' arrival will only serve to strengthen ties between the club and the local Portuguese community.
"Gonçalo will reinforce the link we have had for a long time with our numerous Portuguese fans in the Paris region, and I'm sure all our supporters will appreciate his technical qualities and his attitude."