Wolves target Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick for Benfica last night in their Champions League third round qualifying match.
The Portuguese giants recorded a 4-1 victory over FC Midtjylland.
Roger Schmidt’s side were no match for the Danish minnows, and Ramos was the star of the show at the Estadio da Luz.
The 21-year-old started up top for the Eagles, with Joao Mario playing just behind him and David Neres and Rafa Silva operating out wide.
He opened the scoring after 16 minutes, getting across his marker at the near post to head home Neres’ cross.
Just after the half hour mark, that same combination yielded another goal; Neres crossing from the right and an unmarked Ramos heading in.
Benfica then surged into a 3-0 lead just before half-time, with Enzo Fernandez – a player Wolves reportedly wanted to sign – scoring a stunning volley from the edge of the box from a corner.
It was remarkable technique from the Argentine talent to drill the ball into the bottom corner.
Ramos would complete his hat-trick in the second-half, with Silva crossing this time for the youngster, who took a touch before firing low through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Midtjylland scored a consolation through Pione Sisto via the penalty spot.
It was a masterful showing from Ramos, who is thought to be a player of interest to Wolves.
Following the decision to loan out Fabio Silva, it was claimed by journalist Bruno Andrade that he was on Wanderers’ radar.
Goncalo Ramos is becoming difficult for Wolves to ignore after latest hat-trick, but a transfer deal would be difficult
Ramos is a player with major potential.
He has been in excellent form of late, scoring a few times in a perfect pre-season for Benfica.
His goals against Midtjylland were a clear indication that Ramos is capable of being a fantastic penalty box poacher.
One wonders if Bruno Lage might have tuned in to watch his old club in action last night.
He surely would have liked what he saw from Ramos if he did. It is thought the 46-year-old would like to sign a striker who has strong aerial ability.
A deal will likely be difficult for Wolves though. It has been claimed previously (Record) that Benfica value Ramos at £33 million. That price tag may now have risen higher.
It’s hard to see Benfica being open to selling given his current form.