Wolves reportedly still follow Portugal striker Goncalo Ramos – but a deal this January will be practically impossible for Julen Lopetegui.
Jornal de Noticias have claimed a host of clubs are on the 21-year-old’s tail following his exploits for Portugal at the World Cup.
Ramos made headlines for his performance in the 6-1 win over Switzerland against whom he scored a hat-trick.
The star was selected to start that game by Fernando Santos ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ramos, inevitably, has been the subject of transfer speculation since that game.
Juventus are interested in him, but don’t plan to swoop for him until the summer.
And Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Newcastle, PSG and Wolves are all said to ‘follow’ the Benfica striker. Wanderers, of course, were regularly linked with him during the last transfer window.
But realistically, Wolves are going to seriously struggle to sign Ramos.
He has a contract with Benfica until 2026, so the club are not under pressure to sell and can demand however much they like.
Their president Rui Costa has said Ramos will not leave Benfica unless his release clause is triggered. He said (via Mirror): “We have the sole objective of having a winning season, no player will leave – unless it is due to the clause – which at this moment is fundamental for the squad.
“What I can promise our supporters is what I did at the beginning of the year. This is a sporting project, not a financial one. Fortunately, we are not experiencing financial problems and we have no need to sell players.”
It was been widely reported that Ramos’ release clause is an astronomical £103 million.
Wolves must move on from Goncalo Ramos, following comments by Rui Costa
Wolves have money to spend in January. But it is highly unlikely the club will be able to finance a deal for Ramos now.
Costa has indicated that the club are in a strong position over Ramos and do not need to sell.
He’s a vital player for Benfica, having already scored 14 goals for them this season.
Roger Schmidt’s side are going for the title this season, and keeping Ramos will be paramount for them.
They’ve got every right to refer suitors to his release clause.
Wolves are said to still follow Ramos. But the club ought to forget about him and not waste time. He won’t leave Benfica next month, and if he does then it’ll be for one of the biggest, richest clubs in Europe.