Premier League side Wolves have broken their transfer record to land Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes from Sporting Lisbon.
The deal is worth £42.2m with Wolves paying an an initial £38m with £4.2m in add-ons and Nunes could now make his debut against Tottenham on Saturday.
The transfer eclipses the £35m Wolves paid Porto for Fabio Silva – now on loan at Anderlecht – in 2020.
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi told the club’s official website: “We are very happy to welcome Matheus to Wolverhampton, and delighted to add another exciting young talent to Bruno’s squad.
“Matheus has had two excellent seasons at the top level in Portugal with Sporting and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in world football, so we are thrilled that he has chosen the Premier League and Wolves as the next step in what we hope will be a fantastic career.”
On his excitement over the move, Nunes said: “I’m very excited. For me, I could play tomorrow already, but I can’t because the game is Saturday, but I’m looking forward to it.
“I think the club itself [convinced him] and also I spoke to some of my teammates because I play with them for the national team. The coach as well, he really wanted me, and I wanted to play in the Premier League. I think it’s the right next step for me and I’m very happy to be here.”
The Brazil-born Nunes turned down an opportunity to play for his homeland and last year made his debut for Portugal. He has won eight caps and scored one goal for the country.
Nunes, who has attracted the attention of several leading clubs and had been linked with Manchester City and Liverpool, would be Bruno Lage’s third signing of the summer.
Wolves have already completed deals for Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes, who joined from Valencia, and Republic of Ireland defender Nathan Collins, who signed from Burnley.
However, it has been a frustrating start to the new campaign, with an opening-day defeat to Leeds followed by a goalless draw with Fulham. A trip to Tottenham is up next on Saturday.
Last week, Lage indicated he wanted to sign “three or four more players” before the end of the current transfer window.
“The words are patience and trust,” he said on Friday. “Patience because we still have 20 days to the end of the transfer window.
“And trust in our work. Judge the work we are doing at the beginning of this season at the end of this transfer window.
“Some players go, some players are coming. I have big trust in the work we are doing and that we are going to convince three or four more players to come and play for Wolves.”