It seems as if Wolves have finally settled on their new striker, with Bruno Lage’s side heavily linked with Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos in recent days.
The 21-year-old is a man-in-demand after breaking into Benfica’s first team last season, hitting seven goals and two assists in 29 appearances in the Portuguese top-flight.
He has started the new season in sensational form, contributing a remarkable five goals and three assists in his first five appearances of the campaign, so it is easy to see why he is attracting so much interest this summer.
If he made the move to Molineux, he could prove to be the next Raul Jimenez in Lage’s side. The Mexican forward joined Wolves from Ramos’ current employers in a then club-record deal of £30m in 2019 and has been a huge hit at Molineux, notching 54 goals in 146 appearances over the past few seasons.
Such was his value to the team, Wolves put a €100m (£84m) valuation on his head in 2020 in order to deter the likes of Manchester United and Juventus from signing him.
Unfortunately, the 31-year-old suffered a fractured skull injury later that year, missing a big portion of the season, and has sadly not been the same since.
While he finished as Wolves’ top scorer last season, he managed just six goals in the top flight, and it is a common consensus that a new forward is needed to compete with the Mexico international if Lage’s side want to improve on a tough end to the previous campaign.
With Fabio Silva now plying his trade on loan at Anderlecht, the need for a new striker has increased and Ramos could be the ideal solution for the Old Gold, considering his impressive statistics at Benfica.
Back in 2021, football talent scout Jacek Kulig was full of praise for Ramos’ “outrageous” numbers for Benfica B where he netted 15 in 37 outings, and now that he has started to produce for the senior side, there seems no reason why he couldn’t be a success in the Premier League, just like Jimenez.
Considering he is reportedly available for £30m and is just 21, he could be a top-quality signing by Lage this summer, especially if he has a similar impact to Wolves’ last striker signing from Benfica.