Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes in a move worth more than $60m.
The 25-year-old agreed personal terms with the Cityzens last week and there was a growing consensus in the City camp that a deal would be completed before the Friday deadline.
Matheus Nunes set for Etihad Stadium switch
Following Sporting Lisbon’s 5-0 home defeat to the Cityzens in February 2022, Pep Guardiola described Nunes as “one of the best players in the world” adding fuel to the fire that one day the pair would work together.
Despite speculation linking Nunes with a move to either the Etihad Stadium or Liverpool last summer, the Portuguese international moved to Molineux.
It was confirmed yesterday that Nunes had failed to turn up to training with Wolves boss Gary O’Neil stating, “After the bid from Manchester City he decided it was best for him to not to be with the group.”
As reported by Soccer Times yesterday, Wolves wanted City youngster Tommy Doyle to be included in the total package for Nunes- preferably on a permanent transfer.
Doyle, who Wolves value at over $19m, is likely to be loaned in the other direction. His season-long deal will also include a $6.5m option to buy plus a significant sell-on clause at the end of the current campaign.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the clubs are in agreement on a fee but it still needs to be formalized. Wolves remain confident they have come to a good deal because it is financed to ensure that City pays the money upfront and they expect City to pay the interest on that.
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 30, 2023