According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Manchester City are ‘exploring a deal’ for Matheus Nunes of Wolves.
It is believed that City are considering signing the 24-year-old amongst a small amount of other candidates for a midfield position, as they look to bolster their depth following the loss of Kevin De Bruyne to injury- who is set to be out for a around 3-4 months after suffering a ‘serious injury’ in the Premier League opening fixture against Burnley.
Having signed him from Sporting Clube de Portugal for €45m just last year, Wolves would be reluctant to sell the Portuguese international so close to the end of the summer transfer window. However, a significant bid may be difficult for them to turn down given their current financial position and Financial Fair Play issues- which have already led to them selling multiple key players this summer.
Nunes, who has also been linked with Liverpool over the past year, featured in 34 Premier League games for The Wanderers last season, standing out in struggling side under multiple managers. In these matches, and in his 101 appearances for Sporting, the midfielder has consistently demonstrated his excellent ball carrying and dribbling ability, as he is able make powerful, driving runs with the ball at his feet through the centre of his opposition.
The Citizens are also said to be interested in Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace for the advanced midfield role, after a deal for West Ham’s Lucas Paquetá fell through due to concerns over the FIFA and FA’s betting investigation into the player.
Meanwhile, this potential move marks another stage in what has been a hectic week for Pep Guardiola’s side, with defensive duo Aymeric Laporte and João Cancelo ready to depart, Bernardo Silva set to sign a new deal, and exciting winger Jérémy Doku is expected to join in a €60m from Stade Rennes.
Travis Levison | Get Football