Sporting have reportedly named their price for midfielder Matheus Nunes as Wolves continue to be linked with a move for the Brazilian.
Bruno Lage is now in the Molineux hotseat and looking to shape his squad for the upcoming campaign. Wolves endured a frustrating 2020-2021 season as Nuno Espirito Santo could not repeat his previous success. The Portuguese tactician made way for his compatriot and is now in charge of Tottenham.
But the Brazilian / Portuguese link to the club continues, with Nunes the latest on the radar. The 22-year-old has been with Sporting for two seasons.
Having enjoyed 10 league outings in his first campaign, the Rio de Janeiro-born ace made 31 appearances last term. He has caught the eye of a number of clubs, with Everton previously thought to be leading the race for his signature.
But that was because it was rumoured Nuno was set to take over at Goodison Park. Those reports proved false as he headed to north London, with Rafa Benitez now in charge.
It was a controversial appointment by the Toffees and one that seems to have ended their hopes of signing Nunes. Earlier this month it was stated that the Merseysiders had ‘lost momentum’ in the deal.
But their loss appears to be Wolves’ gain. A Bola (via Sport Witness) are suggesting the Lisbon club are willing to sell the talented schemer and want €18m for his services.
And the same outlet suggest that Verde e brancos are ‘willing to negotiate’. It is not a huge asking price but in the current financial climate, any saving is paramount.
There is no mention of any figure that Wolves have in mind or how low Sporting are prepared to go. But they ‘may move for negotiations’ at some point before the start of next season.
Nunes has fans on Tyneside
Newcastle United have been mentioned in connection with the youngster. Steve Bruce was looking for a loan deal in January with an option to purchase this summer.
But despite the player spending a large part of the campaign on the bench, Ruben Amorim would not sanction his exit. That stance now seems to have changed, with an exit the likeliest outcome.
Other clubs might enter the picture to cloud the waters for Wolves. But, as it stands, the West Midlanders seem to have been given the green light.