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Report: Ruben Amorim Wolves' top choice to replace Bruno Lage

Wolves reportedly want Ruben Amorim to replace Bruno Lage at Molineux.

According to The Sun, Wanderers officials have drawn up their managerial shortlist and have placed the Sporting CP boss at the top.

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The 37-year-old has been making a name for himself in Portugal since taking over the Lions in March 2020.

The following season, Amorim delivered the league title for Sporting, their first in 19 years.

He did while instilling an exciting brand of attacking football, and that also led to a triumph in the Taca de Portugal, which he also won at the end of the 2019/20 season.

He’d go on to win that cup again last season, but finished runners-up in the league to FC Porto.

Eyebrows were raised at Sporting at the time of his appointment. Mainly because of how much the club actually paid to bring him in.

Surprisingly, Amorim is actually the fifth-most expensive manager in history, costing Sporting £8.65 million to buy him out of his contract at Braga (via 90min).

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Only Brendan Rodgers, Andre Villas-Boas, Graham Potter and Julian Nagelsmann have commanded high fees.

It is unclear at this stage whether he would be willing to depart Sporting mid-season. They currently sit seventh in the table after eight games and are nine points off leaders Benfica.

Ruben Amorim would be an expensive gamble by Wolves, but he’s clearly a big talent

There is no doubt that Amorim’s managerial career has been highly impressive so far.

He did a great job with Braga, and has now turned Sporting into a competitive outfit that plays very nice football and scores a lot of goals.

He’s also delivered trophies for the Portuguese giants.

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Seemingly, he is one of the brightest young coaches in world football at this moment in time.

It would be a risk from Wolves to go ahead and bring him in. And it would be a lot of money to spend if that £20 million compensation claim is accurate.

That said, Wolves’ squad is packed with top-quality players, and Amorim might just be able to unlock them.