When Nuno Santo decided to leave Wolves at the end of last season, it came as a shock to everybody at Molineux.
However, what wasn’t surprising was the way the Old Gold and Fosun looked towards Portugal for his successor.
They held talks with their friendly pal, Jorge Mendes, and Bruno Lage walked through the door after a brief spell away from football.
Lage lost his job at Benfica in the top-flight of Portuguese football but guided them to the title in 2018/19, also bringing through some of the hottest young talent in Europe.
The 45-year-old has very quickly become a coach renowned for handing opportunities to younger players and judging by the Benfica academy, you can hardly blame him.
They’ve produced the likes of Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Joao Cancelo and Renato Sanches. Former Wolves star Ivan Cavaleiro came through their ranks while their current right-back, Nelson Semedo, cut his teeth in the Benfica academy as well.
Under Lage, it was Ruben Dias and Joao Felix who rose to stardom but there is a new breed rising up in emphatic fashion.
Unfortunately, Benfica need to sell some players in order to raise funds this summer. 15-goal Goncalo Ramos has been linked with a move to Wolves but so has one of his partners in crime, Henrique Araujo.
Another client of Mendes, the Portuguese is one of the most devastating young players in his homeland.
A centre-forward by trade, the 19-year-old found the back of the net on 19 occasions in 36 outings at youth level last season.
Araujo didn’t earn any senior football but he is surely right on the periphery of regular first-team action.
A move to Wolves could prove incredibly beneficial for his career. Although the Midlands outfit have Fabio Silva in their ranks, Lage has already proven he can develop young attacking talent.
Combine that with the club he now coaches, and it’s surely a recipe for success for the younger players coming through at Compton.
Wolves have taken players like Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto to the next level, something that should excite Araujo if he makes the move to England.
Described as a “gem” by talent scout Jacek Kulig, the teenager started last season by scoring eight goals in his first eight appearances.
A player blessed with a ruthless ability to find the back of the net, he’d add to a glistening array of young talent already at Molineux.
Combine him with Silva and they could create an awe-inspiring duo for supporters to salivate over. This could be yet another jewel in the crown of Fosun’s Wolves empire.