Man City have opening £47m bid rejected for Premier League star as second bid is considered

Ben Stewart
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matheus Nunes is challenged by Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matheus Nunes is challenged by Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Manchester City have had their opening bid rejected for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes as Pep Guardiola’s side consider a second bid.

West Ham playmaker Lucas Paqueta was fancied by Guardiola, but Man City recently dropped their interest in the Brazilian star.

The Premier League champions quickly turned their attention to Nunes who impressed during his debut season for Wolves.

Nunes himself is said to be keen on the move to the Etihad, but Man City have been unsuccessful with their opening bid.

According to Sky Sports, Man City’s opening offer of £47m has been rejected by Wolves and a second bid is currently under consideration.

Wolves signed the midfielder last summer for a club-record fee of £38m from Sporting and they look to be holding out for a higher offer.

While Wolves have needed to sell players this summer due to financial fair play, they have managed to retain some key assets up until this point.

The 24-year-old is under contract at Molineux until 2027, with the option of a further year in his contract.

Fabrizio Romano has outlined the current state of play with the Wolves midfielder and why he expects the negotiations to continue.

“Manchester City formal opening bid for Matheus Nunes was there despite the denials as revealed yesterday — €55m package not enough yet to convince Wolves,” Romano clarified.

“Negotiations expected to continue as City see Nunes as priority target since Wednesday.”

With Kevin De Bruyne set to be sidelined for the foreseeable future, it makes sense that City are pushing ahead with plans to sign Nunes.

A deal could be trickier to pull off than first anticipated, but Man City have proven themselves to be excellent negotiators in the past.

Nunes was shown a red card in Wolves defeat against Brighton and so the 24-year-old will miss their next game against Everton.

“I have spoken to Matheus really clearly on my thoughts on the situation,” Gary O’Neil told reporters.

“He is a great kid; he works his socks off, and I thought he was excellent again today with the ball for us. But yes, we need him on the pitch. He knows how I feel about it.

“He is obviously disappointed; of course, he wants to help the team. He knows he has to miss the next game now.

“He is disappointed, but he is a good kid. It was a tough afternoon; he worked hard, and he is obviously disappointed with himself for having to miss the next game.”

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