Wolverhampton Wanderers have all but finalised a £9 million deal for Rio Ave midfielder Pele according to reports.
According to today’s printed A Bola (back page,) the 26-year-old is set to bid farewell to the Premeira Liga ahead of an expected transfer to Molineux, in what is expected to be a busy summer for Nuno Spirito Santo’s side.
After reportedly sending scouts to Portugal to watch Pele in action against Chaves, Wolves prepared a swoop for the defensive midfielder, according to The Mail.
It is believed that Pele would cost Wolves around £9 million, and with the Portuguese connection, should give them the advantage over Benfica in the chase for the Portugal-born Guinea-Bissau international.
Benfica, who signed Pele in 2015 and sold him to Rio Ave last summer, reportedly still own 50% of his rights, so any transfer fee paid by Wolves would have to be shared by both clubs.
Pele is a former Portugal Under-21 international, and can play anywhere in the midfield set up, having scored seven goals in all competitions this season.
Pele is another strong signing for Wolves, who have been linked with a number of big name players this summer already, but the Portuguese midfielder may find it hard to get a game next season.
With an already very strong core their team, Pele may have to play second fiddle is he makes the move to Molineux.