Wolves now 'expected' to complete deal for 101-game star at Molineux

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to win the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes this summer, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

It has been a slow transfer window for Bruno Lage at Molineux but momentum appears to be gathering ahead of the September 1 deadline.

What is the latest on Nunes?

The Guardian reported on Monday night that the West Midlands side had agreed a £38 million fee with Sporting for the signing of Nunes this summer.

If the transfer is completed, it would become a new club-record deal for Wolves, surpassing the £35 million spent on Fabio Silva a year ago.

Liverpool and Manchester City have had the attacking midfielder on their radars this summer but it seems Wolves are set to win the race, although personal terms are yet to be agreed. West Ham also had a bid rejected for the player.

Reports in Portugal, referenced by Empire Of The Kop, had previously stated that Nunes would be happy to wait for a move to Liverpool, with the 23-year-old eager to remain competing in the Champions League.

It will therefore be interesting to see whether or not Wolves will be able to convince him to agree to personal terms before the deadline.

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What has Crook said on the deal?

The talkSPORT reporter now expects the deal to be completed, with the club’s strong Portuguese contingent likely to be decisive.

Lage hails from the country, as do a number of players. That is before even mentioning the connections with super-agent Jorge Mendes.

Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “Obviously, with Wolves, the advantage is they’ve already got a big Portuguese contingent, they’ve got a Portuguese manager and they’re close to a certain Portuguese super-agent. So I would expect this one to get done now I think.”

Would Nunes be a good signing for Wolves?

This has all the makings of a serious transfer coup for Wolves. Nunes may be young but with 101 professional appearances to his name, he already boasts plenty of experience.

While the likes of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho have formed an impressive pair in midfield, they have perhaps lacked that creative spark behind the frontmen.

In two appearances this season, he already boasts a goal and an assist for Sporting, adding to his nine goal contributions from last term.

Wolves sit on just one point after two Premier League games, with no goals to their name, in what has been a disappointing start to the campaign.

But with Goncalo Guedes already among their ranks, Nunes has the potential to take them to another level.

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