Wolverhampton signed the most expensive signing in its history: Portuguese-Brazilian Matheus Nunes, from Sporting. According to the Portuguese newspaper The gamethe English club will pay 45 million euros (R$ 233 million) for the midfielder.
Also according to the publication, the value of the transfer could reach 50 million euros (R$ 259 million) as a result of clauses in the contract. The additional fee must be paid if the player achieves goals for his new team.
📞 Hello, Matheus Nunes? It’s from the 1️⃣1️⃣ of the year of #LigaPortugal! ✅
— Sporting Clube de Portugal (@Sporting_CP) June 25, 2022
Both Sporting and Matheus have rejected an initial offer from West Ham in recent weeks. With a termination clause valued at 60 million euros (R$ 311 million), the 23-year-old ended up accepting the proposal of the Wolves also taking into account the team’s sports project.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Nunes has lived in Portugal since he was 13, has never worked on Brazilian soil and began his career in the modest Ericeirense. After a spell at Estoril, he joined Sporting in 2019 and played 101 matches, scoring eight goals and nine assists. A key part of the team, he started the 2022/23 season on a high, with a goal and a decisive pass in two games.
With the good performances by the Lisbon club, Matheus was summoned to the Brazilian Team of Tite in August 2021, but chose to defend the Portuguese national team. For Fernando Santos’ team, he entered the field, since then, in eight opportunities and scored once.
Wolverhampton has a tradition of signing Portuguese for at least five seasons, when it was led by Nuno Espírito Santo. Today coached by fellow Portuguese Bruno Lage, the squad has ten Portuguese players. They are: goalkeeper José Sá, defender Toti, right-back Nelson Semedo, midfielder Rúben Neves, midfielders João Moutinho and Bruno Jordão and forwards Gonçalo Guedes, Pedro Neto, Chiquinho and Daniel Podence.
It is still worth mentioning three other athletes. After standing out in Wolvesstriker Diogo Jota became an important part of the Liverpool. Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez left the benfica, of Portuguese football, in 2019, for 38 million euros (R$ 197 million currently). Finally, Fábio Silva was hired in the same window, at the age of 18, as a big promise, for 40 million euros (R$ 207 million at the current price).