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Forget Vitinha: Wolves must pursue Matheus Pereira instead

Bruno Lage has already made a tremendous start to his first transfer window at Wolves.

The Old Gold manager may have limited funds to spend but he’s finding ways around that difficulty, luring Trincao to the club on a season-long loan deal.

The Portuguese’s arrival from Barcelona was a surprising one but further transfers are in the pipeline.

On the chalkboard

One of the biggest decisions the new boss had to make upon his entry to the Midlands was the future of some of their previous loan players.

Rayan Ait-Nouri looked as though he wasn’t going to return until last week when it was revealed they were close to sealing a permanent deal of £10m for his transfer from Angers.

However, the future of Vitinha remains a little less clear. The attacking midfielder only started five times in the Premier League last season and was relatively inconsistent.

He starred at the U21 European Championships but Lage and Wolves sense they may be able to find better value elsewhere.

The fee that was being touted for his services was around £18m, a fair whack for a squad player when you don’t have much to spend.

The solution

One player who could be searching for a new club this summer is West Bromwich Albion’s creative magician, Matheus Pereira.

The Brazilian had a wonderful first campaign in the top-flight of English football but was ultimately relegated with the Baggies.

Do you want Pereira at Wolves?

No thanks!

No thanks!

Of course!

Of course!

If he stays in the Championship then it would be an almighty surprise for a player who delivered so much in 2020/21.

Kevin Phillips revealed back in April that a Portuguese connection could see him move to Molineux. The player came through the academy at Sporting Lisbon and spent most of his formative years in Iberia.

Although he offers more quality than Vitinha, he would presumably come at a greater cost after such an impressive 12 months.

Speaking about the versatile attacker’s qualities last season, pundit Micah Richards could only find praise. He commented: “I watched him a lot in the Championship last season (2019/20), wondering if he can do it in the Premier League, and he showed me in the last couple of games that he definitely can. He’s just an absolute delight to watch.”

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Pereira was simply outstanding for Albion last term, scoring 12 goals and registering six assists. That took his tally in a Baggies shirt to 20 strikes overall as the 25-year-old contributed to around 48% of his team’s goals. For context, only Harry Kane (61%) had a higher percentage in the league last season.

Meanwhile, in 2019/20, only Kevin De Bruyne with 20 assists, created more goals than Pereira (16), in the entirety of England’s top four leagues.

With that in mind, Wolves must surely consider luring him across the Midlands.

AND in other news, Imagine him & Trincao: Wolves must sign “remarkable” 22-goal beast with “magic” feet…

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