Wolves last night completed a move for Matheus Nunes to make a serious statement of intent.
Wanderers swooped for the 23-year-old after accelerating their pursuit of the player earlier this week.
Wolves have bought the star for a transfer fee of £42 million in total, which means he is now the club’s new record signing.
It is a major coup for Wolves, with Nunes having been billed as one of Europe’s top midfielders.
We have all heard Pep Guardiola’s praise for the player by now, and it is undoubtedly one for the most exciting signings Wolves have made in many years.
It is hoped that he will elevate Wolves’ midfield to a new level.
By many accounts, the £42 million represents good value for Wolves given Nunes’ quality now and potential to get much better.
Interestingly, there is actually more money involved in the deal.
It is stated that €4.4 million (£3.3 million) has been paid in intermediation services, which essentially means agent fees.
There is then also a maximum variable amount of €495,000 to be paid to those agents. That could relate to appearances Nunes makes, trophies he wins, position he finishes with the club or goals and assists he scores/makes.
High agent fees to be expected because Matheus Nunes is a top player
It is no surprise to learn that Wolves have given a fairly large chunk to Jorge Mendes and his team as part of this deal.
Without them, it is highly unlikely Nunes would be making the move to Molineux.
Nunes was very coveted this summer, and he could easily have gone to an elite club that is participating in the Champions League.
But the star has chosen Wolves, and it is an amazing coup by the club.