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The narrative surrounding Matheus Nunes for much of this summer was that of a footballer who would only consider leaving Sporting Lisbon for one of the biggest football clubs on planet earth; A Champions League regular, a team with a bigger collection of treasure than Smaug.
Sporting coach Ruben Amorim even admitted, a couple of weeks ago, that Nunes had decided to stay at the Portuguese giants for 2022/23, turning down what he described as life-changing offers along the way.
West Ham United boss David Moyes then claimed, ahead of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, that Nunes had rebuffed their advances.
“We made a bid for him but he chose not to come,” Moyes said, via The Athletic.
All of these factors, then, combine to make Nunes’ imminent move to Wolverhampton Wanderers all the more surprising. And all the more disappointing, if you’re of a West Ham persuasion.
West Ham’s loss is Wolves’ gain with Matheus Nunes
According to Sky Sports, Wolves have now agreed a club-record £38 million deal – rising to £42 million – for the Brazil-born Portugal international. Nunes could even make his Premier League bow against Tottenham Hotspur as early as Saturday. A sudden and most unexpected of breakthroughs; Just two weeks after reports from Portugal claimed that Nunes had turned down a £35,000-a-week offer from the Molineux outfit.
Of course, there are reasons why a move to Wolves would appeal to Nunes. The reported Liverpool and Manchester City target – described as one of the best players in the world by Pep Guardiola – is represented by Jorge Mendes; The Iberian super-agent who boasts an excellent relationship with the Molineux bosses.
Furthermore, Nunes already knows Joao Moutinho, Goncalo Guedes and Ruben Neves from his time in the Portuguese national team. A dressing room with plenty of Portuguese speakers can only help his adaptation.
Wolves set to complete £38m record signing
But this will not soothe the frustration felt by Moyes and co at the London Stadium. West Ham supporters could probably accept seeing Nunes rebuff their advances before joining a Liverpool or a Manchester City.
But a Wolves side who finished three places below them in the 2021/22 Premier League table? With West Ham glancing nervously over their shoulder – their ‘best of the rest’ status coming under threat from the likes of Newcastle United and Aston Villa – losing one of Europe’s most exciting young talents to a direct top-flight rival feels like a blow. A big one at that.
The Hammers have already failed to lure the likes of Darwin Nunez, Kalvin Phillips, Luis Diaz and Raphinha to the London Stadium in recent windows. Now, with Nunes heading elsewhere, concerns over the club’s ability to attract their most high-profile targets – and improve from a position of strength – will once again be cast into doubt.
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