Wolves transfer news: Sporting stand firm on Matheus Nunes fee as Bruno Lage chases double deal

Sporting star Matheus Nunes

Wolves appear to have been priced out of a move to sign Matheus Nunes as Sporting Lisbon refuse to budge from their £34million valuation of the midfielder.

Bruno Lage is keen to bolster his midfield during the off-season and is already closing on Joao Palhinha. However he also wants his team-mate Nunes but striking a deal is proving more difficult. That is according to A Bola who say Sporting are sticking hard to their valuation.

The publication do suggest that Palhinha looks certain to join Wolves. But they cannot say the same about Nunes. Indeed they claim that Wolves do not have the finances to meet the asking price.

That could all change if and when Ruben Neves completes his move away from Molineux. The midfielder is on the radar of both Barcelona and Manchester United and a move looks sure to happen.

If it does go through then Wolves could bank as much as £60million. That would allow them to sign both Palhinha and Nunes, but for now the deals are on hold.

Wolves are said to have agreed a £17million fee with Sporting for Palhinha. The deal has yet to be rubberstamped which kicked off suggestions rival clubs could come in.

Newly promoted Fulham have also been linked but Wolves remain in the box seat. The Cottagers are also said to be keeping an eye on Nunes, so Wolves may have to get a move on.

A Bola suggest there is more chance of Nunes staying with Sporting for now. They say apart from Wolves there has been no strong interest from elsewhere. But that could change quickly.

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Manchester City have been heavily linked in the past. Pep Guardiola is in need of a replacement for Fernandinho and has earmarked the 23-year-old as a possible target. But again City have yet to firm up their interest by making a bid.

Matheus Nunes a good fit for the Premier League

It is easy to see why Nunes has been linked with a move to England. He has all the attributes to do well in the Premier League. Nunes was a rock in the heart of the Sporting midfield, earning rave reviews for his performances.

His numbers were impressive throughout the season. He chipped in with three goals and two assists during his 33 games. But it was his ability to win the ball, make tackles and clearances that really caught the eye.

He is the perfect box-to-box midfielder and at 6ft he has the physical presence. Nunes is very much in the mould of Fernandinho, hence why Manchester City have been heavily linked. If Wolves can raise the cash Nunes has also the makings of a top signing.

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