Contract rebel Yacine Brahimi is currently refusing to sign a new deal with FC Porto, reports Portuguese publication A Bola. Here’s why it will be a disappointing window for Wolves if they don’t bring him to the Black Country in January.
Algerian star Brahimi has been plying his trade with Portuguese giants Porto since the 14/15 season, when he was brought in from Granada CF for a fee of £5.85m. He has since gone on to make 177 appearances for the club, scoring 44 goals and recording 35 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
However it now seems that the technically gifted attacker is keen to move on to pastures new, as attempts by Porto to tie him down for further seasons have failed.
A report by SportWitness from the summer suggested that Brahimi is keen on a move to England – meaning there could be a bidding war in the January window as Premier League clubs potentially vie for his signature.
We are only eight games into the Premier League season but the Midlands club already look right at home following their promotion from the Championship. However, one player who has looked less than impressive is winger Diogo Jota.
The former Atletico Madrid man has looked a shadow of the player he was last season, when he scored 17 goals and recorded six assists as he helped propel his side to the top of the table. So far he has failed to find the net or a killer pass.
Brahimi could be the perfect replacement. Unlike Jota, there are no questions over the number 8’s ability in the final third. When given time and space he can pick out a perfect pass, or when not given it he can beat his man with the ball glued to his foot.
Nuno Espirito Santo and the Molineux outfit are no strangers to signing players from the Primeira Liga, having brought in the likes of Helder Costa, Willy Boly, Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio and most recently Raul Jimenez. Considering that Porto will not want to lose a player on a free in the summer, Wolves will be able to drive his price right down and with Jorge Mendes’ connections to both clubs, the fee could be a fraction of the £23.4m valuation set by Transfermarkt.
If Santo sees the importance of bringing Brahimi to Molineux then this could be the bargain deal of the January window, and he could be the difference maker for Wolves as they push for European qualification.