If Championship clubs were already mad at Jorge Mendes’ helping Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign great players, wait until they hear the league winners are now signing Pelé.
All jokes aside, Wolves seem to be really close to landing the midfielder from Rio Ave, currently fifth in the Portuguese league, at least according to a claim on the back page of Tuesday’s edition of A Bola.
The newspaper claims the deal for Pelé is ‘practically concluded’, and Wolves will be paying Rio Ave a fee of €10m.
With Benfica still holding 50% of the player’s rights from his move in the last summer, the Eagles will be getting half of that fee.
The 26-year-old, who was born in Guinea Bissau, has some large experience, having not only played in Benfica’s academy, but in AC Milan’s as well.
Despite being a defensive midfielder, he’s scored five goals this season, and is one of the highlights in the good campaign Rio Ave are having this year.