SUPER-AGENT Jorge Mendes is reportedly at the heart of a deal to bring James Rodriguez to Wolves in what would be only the latest client of the Portuguese representative joining the Midlands club.
With the likes of Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio and coach Nuno Espirito Santo all linked to Mendes as they signed, his connection with club ownership group Fosun is clear to see.
On Tuesday, reports in Spain positioned Colombian star Rodriguez at the centre of a potential switch to the Premier League.
El Desmarque claimed he could sign from Real Madrid for a mega £71million.
The Mendes link was naturally raised as significant in getting through a deal but also key would be Wolves qualifying for Europe again.
Along with pushing into the latter stages of the Europa League, Nuno’s side currently sit sixth in the Premier League.
Such is the ferocity of this year’s fight for qualification, they sit just five points off fourth but lead Everton in 12th by only six points.
Reaching the promised land would herald a fresh spending spree with a number of Mendes clients potentially on the Wolves wish list.
In defence, Willy Boly and Conor Coady could be supplemented by Manchester City man Nicolas Otamendi, especially if Pep Guardiola finally bags the replacement centre-back he has been crying out for.
Left-back Jonny is currently streets ahead of Ruben Vinagre in that position and a Mendes man such as Faouzi Ghoulam could add much-needed experience down the flank.
The Napoli defender, 29, was linked with Newcastle in January and is a prime candidate to leave Italy in the summer as part of the Partonopei’s touted squad refresh.
And Nuno could opt to bolster his attack to ensure he has strong rotation options for either a front-three or strike partnership.
Valencia’s difficulty in qualifying for Europe may push a number of their stars out the exit door and winger Goncalo Guedes fits the profile of much of Wolves’ recent purchases.
A quiet 2019/20 is largely down to injury problems but a move to England could reinvigorate the career of a player with massive potential and help ease any financial woe Los Che might suffer if they miss out on the Champions League.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk