Wolverhampton Wanderers are facing some resistance from Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes over a permanent transfer move, but still remain the favourites to acquire his signature.
That is according to a report from Sport Witness, who have relayed news from Portuguese outlet Record.
The report claims that whilst Wolves are in “pole position” for the Portugal star and hold the most “palpable” interest, negotiations have not advanced due to a belief that the player is offering “some resistance” towards the move to Molineux.
It is said that Nunes wants a move to a Premier League club “of a superior level”, with agent Jorge Mendes said to be continually looking for “the best solution”.
As stated later in the piece, Sporting boss Ruben Amorim wants to see the move “aborted” and wants to count on Nunes next season.
It is said that Wolves have “€45m plus €5m ready” which matches the €50m (£43m) demanded by the Portuguese giants.
Described by Pep Guardiola as “one of the best players in the world”, Nunes’ impact on the pitch cannot be understated.
But this is despite the Portugal international having much of the ball, yet he still finds a way to shine with metrics that demonstrate utmost efficiency.
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.
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 a statistical anomaly.
Nunes’ efforts are entirely productive throughout both phases of the game and he would be a welcome asset to most teams in the Premier League, which will be concerning to Wolves boss Bruno Lage with the move now looking vulnerable amidst the latest reports.
Only time will tell whether this transfer will go through, but the reported resistance from the player does no bode well at this stage of proceedings. However, if a move can be done, Lage would surely love him in his armoury.