Nuno Espirito Santo will look to bring with him two major stars from Wolves should he be appointed as new Everton manager, according to a report.
Nuno left his role with Wolves at the end of the season and was strongly tipped to replace Roy Hodgson at Palace. It was claimed on Tuesday that he could even be appointed in the role by the end of the week. But just one day later, those links faded dramatically and the Eagles’ prospects now appear doomed.
That has opened the door to Everton and the Portuguese coach is now the favourite to succeed Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, talks for Nuno are now advanced and he’s expected to be installed at Goodison before the week is out.
Nuno’s exit at the end of the season brought to an end a glorious four-year reign at Molineux. He’ll be badly missed by all at the club and departs with something close to legend status.
However, he’s in danger of tainting that image if a report on Monday morning is to be believed. As per Football Insider, Espirito Santo wants to raid his former club Wolves for two of their star players.
First up on his list is reliable defender Conor Coady. The Liverpool academy graduate has developed into one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders. Now 28, he’s at the peak of his powers and is part of England’s squad for Euro 2020.
Prising him away from Molineux will not be easy, however. As club captain, he’s hardly missed a game for Wolves and recently signed a new deal through to 2025.
The next player on Nuno’s shopping list is Portuguese winger Pedro Neto.
Neto has been the stand-out performer at Molineux this season in an otherwise disappointing season. Indeed, the 21-year-old scored five goals and made six more in 31 appearances in 2020/21.
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Rated in the £40m bracket, he’s also reportedly viewed by senior figures at Manchester United as a serious alternative to Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.
While Wolves will fight to keep both players, it’s thought a double offer worth £60m could tempt their hand.
The Black Country side have appointed former Benfica boss Bruno Lage as their new head coach.
However, with finances tight, he’s reportedly been informed the club may need to sell players before they can buy.
Neves, Traore also linked with exits
Indeed, Wolves could be facing up to a difficult summer. Furthermore, both Adama Traore and Ruben Neves have also been linked with moves away.
Liverpool have also reportedly looked to Wolves for fresh blood. The sometimes unstoppable displays of speedy winger Adama Traore have caught their eye.
According to reports, the club has dropped a bombshell on Lage by informing him at least two major stars will have to be sold this summer.