Wolves set to sign Matheus Nunes – Sporting midfielder to demand club-record transfer fee

By FPL360


Sporting’s second biggest sale 

Wolves have reportedly agreed a fee with Sporting for midfielder Matheus Nunes which would see the club break their own transfer record. According to the Athletic, the Premier League side are set to pay an upfront fee of €45 million, along with a further €5 million in future payments for the 23-year-old talent. Nunes, who currently has four years left on his deal in Portugal, has a market value of €35m and is set to become Sporting’s second most expensive departure. 

Ronaldo, Moutinho & Co. – The most expensive homegrown players to leave Sporting

15 Tiago Ilori – 2013/14 – €7.5m

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Joined Liverpool

14 Miguel Veloso – 2010/11 – €9m

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Joined Genoa

13 Matheus Pereira – 2020/21 – €9.05m

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Joined West Brom

12 João Moutinho – 2010/11 – €11m

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Joined Porto

11 Thierry Correia – 2019/20 – €12m

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Joined Valencia

10 Hugo Viana – 2002/03 – €12.75m

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Joined Newcastle

9 Bruma – 2013/14 – €13m

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Joined Galatasaray

8 Rúben Semedo – 2017/18 – €14m

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Joined Villarreal

7 William Carvalho – 2018/19 – €16m

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Joined Real Betis

6 Rui Patrício – 2018/19 – €18m

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Joined Wolves

5 Cristiano Ronaldo – 2003/04 – €19m

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Joined Manchester United

4 Gelson Martins – 2018/19 – €22m

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Joined Atletico

3 Nani – 2007/08 – €25.5m

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Joined Manchester United

2 João Mário – 2016/17 – €40m

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Joined Inter Milan

1 Nuno Mendes – 2022/23 – €45m

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Joined PSG

Originally born in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Nunes made the move to Portugal at the age of 12, where he came through the youth ranks at Ericeirense, before joining Estoril in 2018. The player was then signed by Sporting one year later for no more than €950k, which suggests that the central midfielder’s value has shot up by 4500% in the space of two years as he’s gone from strength to strength over the course of two full seasons in the Sporting first team. 

While a move to the Premier League may be a step up for the Liga Portugal star, Nunes is at least following a well trodden path which has seen a number of Portuguese players make the move to Molineux Stadium in recent years. Indeed, should the midfielder complete a move to Wolves, he’ll not only be their most expensive signing ever but also the fifth Portuguese player in the club’s 10 most expensive signings ever. 

Although the Portuguese top-flight now makes a habit of selling such stars, Nunes is still set to become the division’s joint-seventh most expensive export ever. Although his talent may not demand the kind of fees handed over for attacking players like João Félix or Darwin Núñez, the impending move to Wolves should place the midfielder level with James Rodríguez’s move to Monaco in 2013 and Eliaquim Mangala’s move to Manchester City in 2014. 




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