Journalist Jacque Talbot has dropped an interesting update regarding Wolverhampton Wanderers transfer target Goncalo Ramos as Lage aims to boost his attacking options.
Football Transfers correspondent Talbot was speaking to the Talk of the Toon Newcastle United blog regarding Ramos and offered an update on the striker which will surely please Lage in his hunt, saying:
“He’s expected to leave, but it was thought that the striker would be making the move to Wolves this summer, should he join a Premier League club.
“My sources in Portugal seemed surprised by the level of noise that’s emerged this week surrounding a possible move to Newcastle.”
This statement can hopefully breathe new life into Wolves’ bid for the Benfica frontman with under three weeks left of the transfer window to go.
Benfica appear to be looking at around £30m in order to let the 21-year-old leave the club as they don’t see him as a direct replacement for recently departed striker Darwin Nunez.
With Raul Jimenez still unavailable due to injury and Fabio Silva sent out on loan to Anderlecht, Lage is extremely thin for attacking options.
Ramos has begun this campaign in fine form, netting three goals and registering the same amount of assists in just three matches, leading Benfica to the Champions League play-off round.
His performance against Midtjylland in the previous round gave Europe a glimpse of exactly what he can do. The 21-year-old netted a superb hat trick and received a SofaScore rating of 8.4.
Ramos won 80% of his aerial duels, had a total of six shots on target, and missed a further four big chances, meaning he could easily have scored more than three.
The 21-year-old also impressed over his 29 Liga Portugal fixtures – only 17 of which came as starts – last time out, scoring seven goals and providing two assists, despite playing backup to Nunez more often than not.
At a young age, to star at the highest-level shows signs of maturity and this is exactly what Lage requires in order to keep Wolves a top-half Premier League side.
With Talbot claiming that if Ramos was moving to England, then it would be to Wolves, this should give Lage all the motivation to go and make a deal happen.