By Danny Wright
Wolves could potentially complete a deal to sign Porto midfielder Ruben Neves within the coming days, according to a report.
The Express and Star claims that the Black Country outfit has agreed a £15million fee with Porto which would break their current transfer record.
It is understood that Wolves now just have to agree personal terms with the 20-year-old Portugal international.
The report claims that this would take Chinese owners Fosun’s spending at Wolves to around £47million over the course of the last year.
Newly-appointed Molineux boss Nuno Espirito Santo is said to have played a huge part in the deal, as he spent a season as Neves’ manager at Estadio Do Dragao last season.
The defensive midfielder made 18 appearances across all competitions for Santo, scoring once in a 4-0 win over Tondela in February.
The Express and Star reports that Jorge Mendes has been a major player in seeing Neves’ move to Wolves come to fruition, as he is the two-times Portugal international’s agent and works closely alongside Fosun in the West Midlands.
Wolves’ move for Neves comes as a huge surprise as Portuguese outlet A Bola reported in June that Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea had both approached Porto with a view to signing the playmaker.
Football Insider Verdict
Neves is one of the most highly-rated young players in the Portuguese football and a move to Molineux to play in the Championship is definitely a surprising move. It really goes to show how much influence Mendes has not only on Wolves, but also his clients, as Neves could easily play for teams that feature regularly in the Premier League, or even the Champion League. Wolves are not one of the front-runners for promotion next season, but if they continue signing players like Neves they could be expected to walk the league after what was a very disappointing season last time out. There could be a power shift on it’s way to the West Midlands.
In other Wolves news, Wanderers have confirmed the arrival of this midfielder from a top-flight team.