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Mateus Nunes: Wolves sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder for club-record £42.2m | Transfer Center News

Wolves have signed Sporting Lisbon midfielder Mateus Nunes for a club-record £42.2million.

Bruno Large’s team will pay an initial £38m plus £4.2m for the 23-year-old who could make his debut against Tottenham on Saturday.

The Portugal international’s £42.2m deal tops the £35m paid by Wolves to Porto two years ago for forward Fabio Silva, who has been loaned to Belgium side Anderlecht this season.

Nunez is Wolves’ third summer deal after signing Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes and Burnley defender Nathan Collins from Valencia.

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Good Morning Transfers panel discusses new Wolves signing Mateus Nunes

Nunez, who scored in Sporting’s 3-0 home win against Rio Ave on Saturday, has spent the last three and a half years at the Portuguese club, having joined from Estoril in January 2019.

He scored 7 goals in 76 appearances in all competitions for the Lions. He also made his debut for the Portuguese national team last year and has made his eight appearances for his country, scoring one goal.

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West Ham also moved to Nunes this summer, but Hamers manager David Moyes revealed last week that “the player didn’t want to come”.

‘Nunez is one of the best players in Portugal’

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Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda says new Wolves signing Mateus Nunes is one of the brightest talents currently playing in the country

Portuguese football journalist Pedro Sepulveda talks to Sky Sports News about Nunes:

“I really think this transfer record of Wolves is worth it. We are talking about one of the best players in Portugal these days. He will be in Portugal’s World Cup in Qatar. is.”

“I really think he is one of the best midfielders in football today.

“But if he adapts to his first season in England, we will talk about this player in the next transfer window.

“If he does well with Wolves, we can easily talk to another team about a big move in the next transfer market.”

Nunes in action with Wolves


Sky Sports’ Adam Bate:

An injury to Joao Moutinho on the eve of the Premier League season meant that Bruno Large was limited to just two senior central midfielders in the first two games of the season. Connor Ronan and Luke Kandle covered Ruben Neves and Leander Dendonker.

The Wolves clearly needed a midfield addition in this transfer market, but what an addition this is. Nunes brings a key quality to the team that has been lacking in that area of ​​the pitch since being promoted from the Championship in 2018 – the ability to carry the ball forward from midfield.

Last season, Nunez completed 81 dribbles in the Portuguese league. He is a rare central midfielder, more than anyone else in the competition, and if he can replicate that at Molyneux, it would be a game-changer for his new side.


Neves and Moutinho have had great performances over the last four seasons, but they are more ball passers than ball carriers. The Portuguese international’s blend of three-man skills would be a good option for Raj considering a formation change.

Connor Cody’s ejection marked the end of the Bucksley. With limited midfield options, Raj switched to 4-2-3-1 in his first two games. However, the arrival of Nunes allows the manager to use his 4-3-3 that he tried in preseason. This may be the new wolf.

Wolves to rival Benfica striker Ramos Saints?

Gonzalo Ramos celebrates goal at Anfield
Gonzalo Ramos scored eight goals in 40 appearances in all competitions for Benfica last season.

Portuguese football journalist Pedro Sepulveda told Sky Sports News about the future of Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos:

“You could say Southampton were in Denmark when Benfica played Midtjylland in the Champions League.” [earlier this month] Southampton met with Benfica president Rui Costa to find out the price of the player and find out Benfica’s terms for making the deal.

“The wolves also want a player and a few weeks ago they made an offer to Benfica, but the offer was a loan worth 5 million euros with an obligation to buy around 30 million euros.

“Wolves boss Bruno Large has already worked with Ramos and Raj told Ramos that he wants him at Wolves, so to find out if he wants to join Wolves. I can make it clear that I called Ramos.”

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