Wolverhampton Wanderers will pull off one of the signings of the summer by tempting Sporting’s Matheus Nunes to Molineux, but a deal is ‘up in the air’, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.
Bruno Lage is preparing for a second season at the helm, having been appointed as the West Midlands outfit’s head coach last summer, and he has set his sights on landing Nunes before the transfer window slams shut on September 1.
What’s the latest news involving Nunes?
According to the Daily Mail, Wolves are in talks with Portuguese giants Sporting as they look to conclude a deal which will see Nunes head to the Premier League for the first time in his career.
The report suggests a bid in the region of £40million could be in the pipeline, but that may fall below Sporting’s expectations as the 23-year-old has a £51million release clause written into his contract.
Nunes first moved onto Wolves’ radar due to question marks over the futures of fellow central midfielders Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho.
However, there are doubts over whether a switch will be possible as Nunes is reportedly unconvinced that heading to Molineux would be the right move for him, while the inability to offer European football is an additional obstacle.
Nunes is one of the most sought-after stars of the transfer window as it is understood that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are among 10 clubs monitoring his situation.
What has Ryan Taylor said about Nunes?
Taylor believes Wolves will pull off a coup signing if they manage to persuade Nunes to swap the Portuguese capital for the West Midlands.
However, the journalist fears Lage will have to move onto other options due to the target being content at Sporting.
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When asked whether Nunes would be among the best signings of the summer, Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “100%. But, at the moment, it is up in the air whether that will happen. Nunes is on holiday in Brazil.
“He’s actually quite happy at Sporting, from what I understand. He obviously recognises that it’s a World Cup year and he’s very comfortable and settled at Sporting at the moment.
“He’s one of the best players in the Primeira Liga, so I think he will only move if it’s the right move for him, which furthers and betters his career.”
Why is Nunes of interest to Wolves?
Nunes was described as ‘one of the best players in the world’ by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola earlier this year, so it is clear he has an abundance of talent.
The Sporting star achieved an average match rating of 6.97 last season, according to WhoScored, while he has shown he can be a menace in the penalty area.
Nunes has scored seven goals and registered a further eight assists in 99 appearances for his current side, underlining how he can be a creative spark and get his name on the scoresheet as well.
With the 2022 World Cup just around the corner, the eight-cap Portugal international would be eager to make an instant impact if he were to join Wolves.