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Matheus Nunes transfer latest: Newcastle, Wolves dealt setback as Sporting Lisbon increase asking price

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes

Newcastle United and Wolves will have to fork out even more to sign Matheus Nunes after Sporting Lisbon reportedly increased their asking price for the central midfielder.

Nunes is an integral player for Sporting, having made 50 appearances across all competitions during the 2021-22 season. He registered four goals and five assists as Sporting won the Portuguese league cup, Portuguese super cup and finished second in the Primeira Liga.

Despite being born in Rio de Janeiro, Nunes represents Portugal on the international stage and has won eight caps so far, scoring once.

The 23-year-old has the ability to perform well in a top-five league, as well as represent Portugal at the Qatar World Cup.

According to a recent report from A Bola, Wolves want to sign Nunes and have been told to pay £34million for him.

Other outlets have put Newcastle on his trail, which could lead to a transfer tussle this summer.

Unfortunately for the two Premier League clubs, it seems Sporting have upped their price for Nunes.

According to Foot Mercato, the Portuguese outfit are in no rush to sell one of their star players. As such, they will now demand £52m to agree a deal.

Joao Palhinha impacting Matheus Nunes future

One reason for this is uncertainty surrounding the future of Nunes’ midfield team-mate, Joao Palhinha. He is also a target for English sides and Sporting don’t want both players to leave in one window.

Nunes’ new price tag will give Newcastle and Wolves some serious thinking to do. A £34m deal looked reasonable, but £52m is a big leap.

Newcastle have funds available due to their hugely rich owners, although they aren’t keen to spend too much too fast. Financial Fair Play regulators will be after them if they do this.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage is waiting to see how much money he will have to play with. This will largely depend on the future of Ruben Neves, who is wanted by Manchester United.

Nunes is clearly a good player with the potential to get even better. However, paying over £50m for him would make Newcastle or Wolves look a bit silly.

Perhaps the two clubs need to scout for alternative midfielders before setting their sights on Nunes. This could help them to get a cheaper alternative in the summer window.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have found out why Sevilla didn’t accept their proposal for Diego Carlos, only to let him join Aston Villa a few months later.