Wolves have bid rejected for €100 million valued striker
Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira has confirmed that the club has rejected a €60 million ‘proposal’ from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Brazilian striker Carlos Vinícius according to reports coming out of Portuguese outlet Record. The in-form striker is in his first season at Benfica and is currently the top scorer in Liga NOS with 15 goals.
It’s believed that Benfica wants Vinícius’ release clause to be met before he can leave the club which is set at a staggering €100 million. As the case with a lot of Portuguese clubs, it’s thought Benfica have set Vinícius’ release clause so high to try and demand as much money as they can for the player, knowing full well they won’t receive bids of the amount of the player’s release clause.
Benfica’s finances aren’t in a fantastic state either and they’ll be hoping that they can receive a cash injection from the sale of Carlos Vinícius and former Wolves target Ruben Dias. As is the case with Vinícius, Dias’ release clause has been increased from €54 million to €87 million in an effort to reach an agreement on a transfer at the highest possible price point. Luís Filipe Vieira believes that if it wasn’t for the global pandemic, both players would be sold for €100 million each.
It’s believed that Vinícius is also a transfer target for both Manchester United and Liverpool. The 6ft2 striker hasn’t been overly prolific at his previous clubs but the Brazilian has really found his form in Portugal having scored 15 times in the league from just 22 games – which he only started in 14 of.
Vinícius has been on Wolves’ radar for some time
It’s been no secret that Carlos Vinícius has been a long-standing target for Wolverhampton Wanderers for some time now. The 25-year-old striker was set to join Wolves last summer in a deal worth €18 million – a fraction of the reported €60 million bid from Wolves.
The move was orchestrated by super-agent Jorge Mendes reports TugaScout who at the time wasn’t Vinícius’ agent but has since signed the player up to his Gestifute agency.
However, Wolves failed to obtain a work permit for the player with his lack of appearances for the Brazilian national team thought to be the downfall in the bid to gain a work permit. The move fell through and Carlos Vinícius joined Benfica for around €15 million instead.
Wolves open talks with Sporting over Fernandes transfer
There have reportedly been talks between Wolves and Sporting for the signing of Rodrigo Fernandes.
Wolves are possibly looking to structure a deal for the 19-year-old midfielder with figures between €10m-12m being reported according to O Jogo.
Fernandes is highly thought of by the Lisbon club. He’s featured four times this season, twice in the Europa League and twice in Liga NOS.