There are no guarantees ageing Moutinho will live up to reputation at Wolves

Wolves are close to signing yet another Jorge Mendes client, Joao Moutinho, after agreeing a fee with Monaco for the Portuguese international, according to Sky Sports.

What’s the story, then?

Sky Sports report that a fee of £5m has been agreed between the ambitious newly-promoted outfit and the Ligue 1 side to bring the 31-year-old playmaker to Molineux.

They say that he will sign a two-year deal with Nuno Santo’s side after super-agent Mendes again brokered a deal for Wolves to sign a big-name player.

Moutinho scored one goal and set up a further seven for Monaco last season as they lost their Ligue 1 title to free-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

A big name, but are his best days behind him?

It is easy to see why Wolves fans would get excited about this deal; they already have a squad capable of making a splash on their return to the top flight and they are bolstering their midfield with a man who has vast Champions League and international experience, including a Euro 2016 winners medal to boot.

However, he is the wrong side of 30 and while the Premier League sometimes lacks quality, it could prove to be a tough environment for Moutinho to thrive in, especially if his best days are behind him, as Monaco clearly seem to think.

He is also a man who likes to get on the ball, with a good passing range but he has often flattered to deceive; it is tempting to think his reputation is better than his actual quality deserves.

Furthermore, Wolves will want to play on the front foot where possible, but will also be forced to defend doggedly for extended periods and Moutinho is not the man for that. There are plenty of reasons for trepidation here.