Wolves have announced the signing of the Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes from Sporting Lisbon for a club record fee.
The Premier League club have agreed to pay Sporting an initial €45m (38m) for the 23-year-old, with a further €5m in potential add-ons. That eclipses the €35m Wolves paid Porto for Fábio Silva – now on loan at Anderlecht – in 2020.
Nunes arrives on a five-year deal with a one-year option, after two and a half seasons with Sporting. The Brazil-born player made his Portugal debut last year and has won eight caps, scoring one goal.
Nunes, who will join up with the squad before Saturday’s away game with Tottenham, said: “I’m very excited. For me, I could play tomorrow already, but I can’t because the game is Saturday, but I’m looking forward to it. I think the club itself [convinced him] and also I spoke to some of my teammates because I play with them for the national team.
“The coach as well, he really wanted me and I wanted to play in the Premier League. I think it’s the right next step for me and I’m very happy to be here.”
Fulham, meanwhile, have agreed personal terms with the Roma winger Justin Kluivert. The two teams have yet to agree a fee for the son of the former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, but will continue discussions on Thursday.
Roma signed Kluivert from Ajax in 2018. Since then the Dutch forward has had loan spells with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 side Nice. The 23-year-old scored four goals and had six assists in 27 games for Nice last season.
After winning the Championship last season, Fulham have welcomed eight new players to bolster their squad, including the former Arsenal No 1 Bernd Leno and the former Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira. The most notable signing so far was of the highly rated defensive midfielder João Palhinha from Sporting in a transfer that cost £20m.