Wolves are reportedly now facing competition from Chelsea for Matheus Nunes, with the Blues set to make a bid.
Wanderers have been eyeing the 23-year-old to potentially come in and improve the engine room.
But there have been suggestions that Wolves can’t advance until Ruben Neves is sold.
So far, offers for Neves have not been forthcoming, and the player is back at Compton Park for pre-season.
Chelsea could now steal in for Nunes, and the claim is that they are set to offer €45 million plus €5 million (£42.8 million), the same as what Wolves are prepared to pay.
That bid could apparently go in as soon as the next few hours according to A Bola.
Concerningly for Wolves, it is claimed that Nunes would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea being able to offer Champions League football.
Nunes played in the competition last season with Sporting, making six appearances.
Following Sporting’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, the midfielder was praised by Pep Guardiola, who branded him one of the best players in the world.
More frustrating news for Wolves on the transfer front with Chelsea set to make Matheus Nunes bid
Wolves’ hopes of signing Nunes are seemingly fading fast.
News of Chelsea being ready to make a bid is bad news if Wolves genuinely want to bring the Portugal international in.
Wolves could well really struggle to compete with the Blues.
Their status as a Champions League club is bound to appeal, since he’s already had a taste of the competition, and could play in it again if he remained at Sporting.
That said, he would get regular football at Molineux.
It seems, though, that Wolves won’t be able to rival Chelsea unless Neves is sold quickly.
Lage has reportedly urged Wolves officials to hurry up and sign Nunes. Now they may have to do just that to avoid missing out.