Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signing of Matheus Nunes for a club record fee of £42.2m although initial price to be paid will be around £38m with £4.2m in add-ons. The transfer fee surpasses the £35m paid for Fabio Silva two summers ago.
The Premier League club had to beat a host of other clubs to the signing of the playmaker who has been one of the best players in the Primera Liga over the past two seasons. Nunes becomes Wolves’ third signing of the summer after the arrivals of Portuguese forward Goncalo Guedes from Valencia and Burnley defender Nathan Collins.
“We are very happy to welcome Matheus to Wolverhampton, and delighted to add another exciting young talent to Bruno’s squad,” Wolves chairman Jeff Shi told the club’s official website.
“Matheus has had two excellent seasons at the top level in Portugal with Sporting and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in world football, so we are thrilled that he has chosen the Premier League and Wolves as the next step in what we hope will be a fantastic career.”
Pep Guardiola has been a long-time admirer of the midfielder, having impressed in February when Manchester City played Sporting Lisbon in the Round-of-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Citizens had put five past the Portuguese side in a 5 – 0 win at the Estádio José Alvalade and despite the dominance on the night, Pep singled out Nunes for compliments, stating:
“I would say that Matheus Nunes is one of the best players in the world today,” he explained in his post-match press conference.
It’s a statement signing for Wolves who will now turn their attention to the forward areas as they look to add another striker to their pack, with Raul Jimenez out injured and Fabio Silva out on loan.