Wolves ‘optimistic’ of signing Nunes after ‘agreeing’ club-record £38m deal amid Liverpool links

Date published: Tuesday 16th August 2022 10:11 - News Desk

Wolves to sign Nunes

Wolves are primed to sign Portugal international Matheus Nunes after agreeing to sign him from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £38m.

PA News Agency are reporting that Wolves are ‘optimistic’ a deal will be completed soon after ‘agreeing’ to pay an initial £38m plus an extra £4.2m in add-ons to Sporting Lisbon.

This would eclipse the £35m Wolves spent to sign Fabio Silva from Porto back in 2020. The forward is now on loan at Anderlecht.

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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.

Speaking last week, Jurgen Klopp appeared to rule out Liverpool signing anyone else this summer:

“If there was the right player and an opportunity, we would have done it, we would do it, but I don’t see it because we had a lot of conversations already and it doesn’t look like something will happen,” he said.

“I’m happy with the strength, size and quality of my squad but we have injuries. There are plenty of solutions for it. One of them is the transfer market, but that only makes sense if you can bring in the right player.”

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.”


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