Wolves appear to have been priced out of an attempt to sign Matheus Nunes as Sporting Lisbon refuse to budge from their £34m valuation of the midfielder.
Bruno Lage wants to strengthen his midfield in the off-season and is already closing in on Joao Palhinha. However, he also wants his teammate Nunes, but it proves harder to strike a deal. This is acc A bola who say Sporting is sticking tight to their rating.
The release suggests Palhinha is sure to join Wolves. But they can’t say the same about Nunes. In fact, they claim that wolves do not have the financial resources to meet the asking price.
That could all change if Ruben Neves completes his move from Molineux. The midfielder is on the radar at both Barcelona and Manchester United and a move seems certain.
If it goes through, Wolves could deposit up to £60million. That would allow them to sign both Palhinha and Nunes but for now the deals are on hold.
Wolves are said to have agreed a £17million fee for Palhinha with Sporting. The deal has yet to be approved, leading to proposals for competing clubs.
Newly promoted Fulham has also been linked but the wolves stay in the box seat. The Cottagers are also said to be keeping an eye on Nunes so Wolves may need to move on.
A bola suggests Nunes has more chances to stay at Sporting for now. They say apart from the wolves there hasn’t been any strong interest from elsewhere. But that could change quickly.
Manchester City have been closely linked in the past. Pep Guardiola needs a replacement for Fernandinho and has tipped the 23-year-old as a possible target. But here, too, City still has to back up their interest with a bid.
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Matheus Nunes fits in well in the Premier League
It’s easy to see why Nunes has been linked with a move to England. He has all the qualities to do well in the Premier League. Nunes was a rock at the heart of Sporting’s midfield and received rave reviews for his performances.
His numbers have been impressive throughout the season. In his 33 games, he scored three goals and two assists. But it was his ability to win the ball, make tackles and clears that really caught the eye.
He’s the perfect box-to-box midfielder and at 6ft he has the physical presence. Nunes is very heavily influenced by Fernandinho, which is why Manchester City were strongly linked. If Wolves can muster the money, Nunes has what it takes to be a top signing as well.
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