Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report that Wolves are in talks with Benfica to buy Joao Carvalho.
O Jogo state the transfer would be worth ‘around €15m’ to the Portuguese club and it’s stated Carvalho could be the next player from Benfica’s production line to leave the club, clearly pointing to a January transfer for the player.
The transfer is being led by Benfica’s very experienced president Luís Filipe Vieira and Wolves’ super-agent of choice Jorge Mendes.
Carvalho is 20 years of age and a midfielder, he spent last season on loan at Setubal and hasn’t yet made himself a starter for Benfica.
He did get a start this week against FC Basel in the Champions League and played on the left of a midfield three as Benfica lost 2-0, meaning the club amassed zero points from the group stage and now crash out of Europe altogether.
A group of English clubs had scouts at the match, but Wolves weren’t one of them. That said, Wolves haven’t really been regular watchers of Portuguese matches, they seem to skip that stage and go straight for a transfer.
In early November it was reported in Portugal that Benfica officials had flown to England to find a deal for Carvalho, and we suggested they may try and convince Wolves. The very next next day, it was claimed in Portugal that Wolves were one of the most interested clubs.