Manchester City are set to sign Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes in a deal worth €55m (approx. £47m), according to reports.
Pep Guardiola has been looking to bring in another midfielder all summer, especially since Kevin de Bruyne picked up a serious injury earlier this month.
West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta was initially Guardiola’s priority, but negotiations with the Brazilian stalled due to him being under investigation for alleged betting breaches.
Man City decided to push for Nunes instead. Recent reports have suggested that the Cityzens saw a £47m offer rejected by Wolves last Thursday.
The Portugal international has failed to turn up to train with Wolves for the last few days as he looked to force an exit, which resulted in him being punished with disciplinary action.
The pressure from the player seems to have worked, though, as Man City have now had a ‘verbal offer’ accepted for Nunes.
Man City set to sign Matheus Nunes
According to reputed transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Man City have finally reached an agreement to sign Nunes.
On Twitter, he wrote: Matheus Nunes to Man City, here we go! Verbal agreement reached with Wolves, Matheus already on his way.
“Tommy Doyle will join Wolves on £5m deal plus 50% sell-on clause [separate to the Nunes deal].
“Final checks ongoing on payment terms and instalments… then it will be signed.”
A separate report from another top transfer journo, David Ornstein, claims that the fee ‘verbally agreed’ is ‘worth over’ €55m (approx. £47m).
Barring any late twists, Nunes is set to become a new Man City player imminently. He has the potential to be an excellent addition for Man City.
The Portugal international joined Wolves from Sporting Lisbon last summer on a five-year deal with the option for a sixth and has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past, which never materialised.
Nunes has made 41 appearances for Wolves, scoring one goal and making one assist. He has the ability to play as a defensive or attacking midfielder, so could provide cover in several positions for Man City this season.
At the age of 24, he still has potential to improve and could prove to be an excellent long-term addition for the Cityzens. It will be interesting to see if he will be involved in Man City’s clash against Fulham on Saturday.