Wolves have been beaten to the signing of Sporting Lisbon rising star Edson Silva, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League club were readying a move for the all-action midfielder after he caught the eye of their scouts playing for Portuguese club GD Alcochetense.
A Wolves source has told Football Insider that Sporting have moved quickly to fend off interest from Wolves and other clubs across Europe to agree terms with Silva.
The 18-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with Sporting and a deal is set to be announced imminently.
The Portugese club have included a £39million buyout clause into Silva’s contract as they see him as someone who rise through the ranks at the club and be a first-team star.
Scouts from clubs across Europe have been making regular checks on players from the amateur club GD Alcochetense after being alerted by the teenager’s talent.
It is situated close to the famous academy of Sporting Lisbon that has developed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo over the years.
Silva has been likened to Manchester United and France star Paul Pogba due to his playing style and he is regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects to emerge in Portugal in recent years.
Losing out on him will be a blow for Wolves, who have had such success recruiting Portugese players since Nuno took over as manager and super agent Jorge Mendes helped to provide a conveyor belt of talent from their homeland.