The Lowdown: Unexpected roadblock
The Flamengo midfielder was the subject of a £15m offer from the Old Gold earlier this month which was accepted by Vitor Pereira’s side, but a roadblock appeared just as he was set to fly to England to finalise his move.
French giants Lyon entered the race for the Brazilian and tabled a proposal that was £2.5m higher than the Midlands outfit, which put a stop to the deal advancing.
The 21-year-old later posted a thinking emoji on his social media, creating confusion surrounding his future, though a positive update has now emerged.
The Latest: Gomes ‘wants’ to join
Taking to Twitter, Crook revealed that Gomes is still favouring a move to Molineux despite Lyon’s late attempt to land him.
“#Wolves still hoping to sign Joao Gomes. Player has made it clear this is the move he wants. Could develop in next 24 hours.”
The Verdict: Neves replacement?
Ruben Neves has recently been linked with a Wolves exit, and should the captain depart this month, Gomes could be the perfect replacement in defensive midfield.
The Nike-sponsored player currently ranks in the 99th percentile for most tackles per 90 minutes (against other midfielders in the next 8 leagues) and has an 87.7% pass success rate in the Brazilian Serie A.
Gomes has also been hailed a ‘warrior’ and ‘tireless runner’ by scout Jacek Kulig, so it would be an exciting coup for Julen Lopetegui should he be able to complete this move before the end of the window.