Benfica are reportedly eyeing up a shock move for Wolves manager Bruno Lage, in what would be a potentially big blow for the Wanderers.
The Lowdown: Lage impresses in first season
The Portuguese tactician replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux last summer and he has shone in his first season, making Wolves an extremely difficult team to beat.
The Wanderers sit eighth in the Premier League table with six matches remaining, just two points behind West Ham and Manchester United in sixth and seventh, respectively.
The hope would surely be that Lage is in charge for some time yet given the progress he has made in a short amount of time, but a fresh update suggests that may not be the case.
The Latest: Benfica keen on appointment
The job he has done at Wolves is seen as ‘proof’ that he could excel at the Champions League quarter-finalists once again, although the report also states that he could stay at Wolves in order to eventually join a ‘more competitive’ club, perhaps eyeing bigger and better things.
The Verdict: European qualification key?
It would be a big blow to lose Lage this early in his tenure, with the positives comfortably outweighing the negatives for Wolves this season, having been hailed as ‘incredible’ by Robbie Keane.
Defensively, he has made Wanderers one of the league’s most stubborn outfits – they have conceded 28 goals, which is bettered only by Manchester City (20), Liverpool (22) and Chelsea (23) – and they have impressed with a three-at-the-back system.
The hope is that Lage shows loyalty and remains at Wolves beyond this summer – qualifying for Europe could be key in that respect, perhaps giving him more of an incentive to stay put.
In other news, two big clubs are keen on signing one Wolves player. Find out who it is here.
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