Wolves have officially completed their second signing of the January transfer window, with Portugal U21 star Chiquinho joining from Estoril.
The club signed Hayao Kawabe last week, with the 26-year-old soon expected to head to Grasshoppers on loan.
But Chiquinho is set to work with Bruno Lage’s first-team.
The 21-year-old has signed a deal until 2026, with his transfer setting the club back around £3 million initially. That will eventually rise to £4.2 million (The Athletic).
Speaking about the club’s latest acquisition, technical director Scott Sellars said (via Wolves official): “Chiquinho is a young, exciting and talented player who has been performing very well in the Portuguese leagues during the past few seasons, and if he keeps progressing the way he has done, we believe he can develop into an excellent signing.”
Sellars also insisted that patience is required over Chiquinho, as he navigates a transition period.
He says the club will endeavor to integrate him into the first-team group.
The Athletic report Chiquinho is not thought to be a direct replacement for Adama Traore, who continues to be linked with an exit.
Chiquinho a positive move by Wolves
So Wolves have once again dipped into the Portuguese market with the signing of Chiquinho.
By many accounts, this is a young player people should be excited about.
That said, he has only properly broken through with Estoril this season, and so it could be some time before he makes an impact for the first-team at Wolves.
But the fact he isn’t set to be loaned straight out is reason to be excited.
Hopefully the large Portuguese contingent at Molineux will really help him to settle quickly, and he can become involved with Lage’s starting XI as soon as possible.