WOLVES are ready to smash their transfer record as they close in on a £42million deal to sign Sporting Lisbon's Matheus Nunes.
Bruno Lage switched his focus to the 23-year-old after Fulham moved in on their original Sporting target Joao Palhina.
Lage is ready to battle with Frank Lampard's Everton for Nunes, who has made eight appearances for Portugal and is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the country.
And according to the front page of the Portuguese paper Record, a deal for €45million plus €5million in add-ons has been agreed.
Wolves are hoping their close links with super-agent Jorge Mendes could prove decisive as they look to put down a major marker this summer.
Landing Nunes would be a massive statement and would smash the record £35.6million they spent on struggling striker Fabio Silva two seasons ago.
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Nunes made more than 50 appearances for Sporting last season and was praised by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola for his performances against City in the Champions' League.
In February, Guardiola claimed: "I would say that Matheus Nunes is one of the best players in the world today."
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The midfielder has a £51million release clause but Wolves are hopeful they could land their man for less if they move swiftly.
If they succeed they are likely to claw back the cash by giving the green light to Ruben Neves to leave Molineux after five seasons with the club, as Barcelona, Arsenal, and Manchester United continue to monitor the 25-year-old's situation.
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