Wolverhampton Wanderers fans in the Transfer Tavern are keeping their eyes peeled during the 2018 World Cup, scouting for potential transfer targets.
Wolves lifted the Championship title to earn promotion back to the Premier League. Backed by Chinese owners, Fosun International, large amounts of money has been invested in the playing squad. Super-agent, Jorge Mendes, has been hugely influential in luring some of Portugal’s best players to the Midlands.
Wolves have already completed permanent deals for Diogo Jota and Willy Boly after impressing during their successful title bid. Portugal number one, Rui Patricio, will also join the club on a free transfer after leaving Sporting Lisbon. Our regulars are watching the World Cup scouting for potential transfer targets.
Russia have been the team of the tournament so far, blowing away Egypt and Saudi Arabia in their opening games. One of their star players has been right-back, Mario Fernandes, who would be an excellent signing for the newly-promoted side. Valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, the defender made 25 appearances for CSKA Moscow last season, notching three assists.
Fernandes earned Russian citizenship back in 2016 after failing to displace Daniel Alves and Danilo in Brazil’s senior side. The 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the Russian Premier League in recent years and now could be ready for a step up in competition.
He is capable at right-back, right-wing back and even right-wing making him a valuable option for Nuno Espirito Santo. The Russian is a threat from the back, averaging 1.2 key passes per game last season. He is also defensively sound, making 2.5 tackles per game (WhoScored); only two defenders made more.
If he continues his impressive performances, interest in his services will increase. Wolves must move quickly to secure their man.
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