Wolves have agreed a record £42.2m deal to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes.
Bruno Lage’s side will pay £38m plus an additional £4.2m for the 23-year-old, who is a Portugal international.
Personal terms have yet to be finalized with Nunes, but Wolves are hoping to register the player by midday on Friday for him to feature in Saturday’s game at Tottenham.
The potential £42.2m deal would eclipse the £35m Wolves paid Porto two years ago for striker Fabio Silva, who was loaned to Belgian side Anderlecht this season.
Nunes, who scored in Sporting’s 3-0 home win over Rio Ave on Saturday, has spent the past three and a half seasons at the Lisbon club after joining Estoril in January 2020.
He made 76 appearances and scored seven goals in all competitions for the Lions. He also has eight caps and one goal for his country after making his debut for Portugal last year.
West Ham had also played for Nunes in the summer but Hammers boss David Moyes revealed last week that “the player didn’t want to come”.
Nunes is set to become Wolves’ third summer signing following the arrivals of Portuguese striker Goncalo Guedes from Valencia and Burnley defender Nathan Collins.
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