Wolves are willing to invest £10 million on Murillo but the Premier League outfit may have to stump up considerably more to free the defender from Corinthians.
With talks over Borussia Monchegladbach’s Nico Elvedi at an impasse – Wolves are reluctant to pay over £8 million for a defender out of contract in 2024 – a club suddenly under the control of Gary O’Neil are wasting no time identifying potential alternatives.
Hence, the sudden emergence as Murillo Santiago Costa dos Santos – or just Murillo, as he is better known – as a concrete option for the men from Molineux.
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According to Goal Brasil, talks with Brazilian giants Corinthians are underway. Wolves are willing to pay around £10 million. But, given that Corinthians have already rejected an identical offer from Fiorentina, it’s safe to say few of an Old Gold persuasion should be holding their breath.
Especially with Murillo’s current employers reportedly ‘dreaming’ of a £17 million sale. Dreams and reality are two very different things of course. Globo Esporte add that Corinthians know their 20 million euro price-tag is a little on the ambitious side.
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The smart money, then, is on a compromise between the two clubs being reached; Murillo’s eventual fee falling somewhere in the middle of the £10 and £17 million mark.
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Wolves, who travel to Manchester United on Monday night, do not exactly have time on their side as they look to reinforce a defence weakened by the sales of Conor Coady and Nathan Collins to Leicester City and Brentford respectively.
As it stands, Max Kilman, Craig Dawson and Toti Gomes as the only natural centre-halves at O’Neil’s disposal.
Elvedi remains an option. And, after the Switzerland international informed Borussia Monchengladbach of his wish to leave, the Bundesliga outfit could still come around to accepting Wolves’ £8 million offer.
“Nico has expressed a desire to move on after eight years,” sporting director Roland Virkus tells BuliNews. “And we only want players with 100 per cent commitment.
“We are in discussions with clubs. We will make a decision in the next two weeks. I can’t give (an exact) date yet.”