Wolverhampton Wanderers are expected to complete the signing of Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes in July.
That is according to Sport Witness, who have relayed a report from Portuguese newspaper Record.
As per the report, it is said that the player and the club have “everything forwarded” for him to join the Old Gold next season and the player is expected to sign in July when he is back from his holiday in Brazil.
As usual, super-agent Jorge Mendes is at the forefront of the deal, with the newspaper stating that there have been other competitors in the race for Nunes, but that “the process should really advance” with Mendes taking care of everything.
It is now a case of Wolves awaiting Nunes’ return from holiday, as per the report.
With very peculiar stats considering his position, Wolves may have bagged themselves a player who can bring a very similar impact to that of Newcastle United’s Joelinton.
Just two seasons ago, this would potentially have been received as an insult, but retrospectively speaking, it’s a compliment and would certainly bring a pristine and powerful cog to the Wolves engine room.
The comparison to Joelinton begins with the passing metric and ability to leave a mark on the game without pulling the strings in midfield. The striker-turned-midfielder has found a way to shine without having a significant amount of possession, and 23-year-old Nunes appears to be of the same ilk.
Nunes completes an average of 29.41 passes per 90, which places him in the 15th percentile amongst positionally similar players. This is a very low ranking, but 10.45 of these passes are under pressure, which is an entirely contrasting and elite metric that places the Portuguese midfielder in the 87th percentile.
Being able to keep the ball under pressure hints at stability and aids in possession sustenance, meaning that Nunes’ efforts are entirely productive throughout both phases of the game.
Ultimately, he does not see much of the ball, but does a lot with it when in possession. Having chipped in with nine goal contributions in 50 appearances in the form of four goals and five assists from midfield, he is on the verge of being a statistical anomaly with his influence acknowledged by Pep Guardiola, who hailed him as “one of the best players in the world.”
It’s an exciting signing for Wolves.