Nuno Espirito Santo has committed his future to Wolves by extending his contract to 2023.

The Portuguese was appointed at Molineux in May 2017 and steered the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, with Wolves racking up an impressive 99 points as Championship winners.

Nuno has since steered Wolves to back-to-back seventh-place finishes in the top flight, while he also oversaw a run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League last term.

"I feel good. Ready for it. Looking forward to it. Working really hard for it, because it's a new cycle, no matter what you did before, it's about what's in front of us and this is what we think we should do," the head coach told Wolves' official website.

"Let's prepare well, let's challenge, do the way we do things, fight for it."

Adama Traore to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin?

The Wolves winger has been linked to some of Europe's biggest clubs, but Juventus could sign the Spain international.

Watch this space…

 

TOP STORY – TRAORE OFFERED TO JUVE

Juventus have been offered Wolves star Adama Traore by agent Jorge Mendes, according to Calciomercato.

Juve, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with Traore following his exploits for Wolves in the Premier League.

Traore could be made available to Serie A champions Juve for €70million (£63m) as Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi reportedly near exits.

 

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- Sport claims Barcelona have lodged their first bid for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia. The 19-year-old, who is out of contract in 2021, join City from Barca in 2017. Barca have offered €8m (£7.2m) plus another €2m (£1.8m) in potential add-ons, though City are asking for €40m (£36m).

- According to Tancredi Palmeri, Juve have struck a deal with Barcelona for veteran forward Luis Suarez. Unwanted by new head coach Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou, Suarez is set to join Ronaldo in Turin.

Moise Kean wants to return to Juventus, however, Calciomercato says Borussia Dortmund are preparing an offer for the Everton forward.

- Gianluca Di Marzio claims Roma are closing in on a permanent deal for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. The English centre-back spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma and the Serie A club have reportedly agreed personal terms.

Leeds United have submitted a new bid to sign Dinamo Zagreb sensation Josko Gvardiol, says Fabrizio Romano. The newly promoted Premier League side have offered £19.9m (€22m) plus 20 per cent of a future sale amid interest from RB Leipzig.

- Brescia and Italy star Sandro Tonali will undergo a medical on Wednesday ahead of his move to Milan, reports Tuttomercatoweb and Sportitalia.

Chelsea have not made contact for Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, reports Romano. Alcantara is wanted by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, while United have held talks with the Spaniard's agent. He has also emerged as a possible target for former club Barca.

Wolves have announced the signing of defender Marcal from Lyon.

The versatile 31-year-old, who can play at left-back or centre-back, was part of the Lyon team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

But with the French club facing a season without European football, he has made the move to the Premier League with Wolves, agreeing a two-year contract.

Marcal joined Lyon from Benfica in 2017 but made just 41 Ligue 1 appearances across three seasons.

The Brazilian boosts a Wolves defence that last week lost Matt Doherty to Tottenham.

Wolves have pulled off what will likely be one of the coups of the transfer window in securing a club-record deal for the highly rated Fabio Silva.

The 18-year-old forward joins in a reported €40million (£35.6m) transfer, signing a five-year contract to further expand Wolves' significant Portuguese contingent.

Executive chairman Jeff Shi confirmed his signing had come at the request of head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and it sees Wolves secure a talent strongly linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past.

The deal makes Silva the seventh costliest teenager in history, and he joins illustrious company, as outlined below…

Kylian Mbappe: Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain - €180m

Likely to remain the world's most expensive teenage signing for some time, Kylian Mbappe is already well on the way to justifying the €180m outlay PSG made to prise him away from Monaco three years ago. Mbappe had fired Monaco to a shock Ligue 1 title triumph before departing and his goals have continued to flow in the French capital. Still just 21, Mbappe has arguably eclipsed team-mate Neymar already, while he has won a World Cup with France. Pele has acknowledged comparisons with the forward, who looks a certain Ballon d'Or winner in the near future. It would take a world-record fee to buy Mbappe, but he has hinted he could be open to leaving PSG.

Joao Felix: Benfica to Atletico Madrid - €126m

Potentially rivalling Mbappe for top individual honours in the years to come could be Joao Felix, who was tasked with replacing Antoine Griezmann at Atletico Madrid following his move to Barcelona. Joao Felix hit 20 goals in all competitions for Benfica in 2018-19, three of those strikes coming in the Europa League, to announce himself among the world's top talents. He endured a difficult first season in Spain, as he appeared to struggle with a new position, setup and philosophy under Diego Simeone's tutelage, but some promising flashes towards the end of the campaign suggested the player compared to Kaka could establish himself in 2020-21.

Matthijs de Ligt: Ajax to Juventus - €85.5m

Barcelona were linked with De Ligt, having already sealed a deal for club and country team-mate Frenkie de Jong, but the Ajax captain instead opted for Serie A. Much like Joao Felix at Atletico, De Ligt did not have the most convincing of debut seasons, despite Juve going on to win another Serie A title. Nevertheless, after a year bedding in, 2020-21 might see the Dutchman recapture his best form as he will likely become an even more central figure under Andrea Pirlo.

Anthony Martial: Monaco to Manchester United - €60m

Eyebrows were raised when United parted with €60m for Martial in 2015, with one British newspaper describing the deal as a "waste of money" in a back-page splash. While it might have taken him a while - after a blistering start - to properly establish himself, struggling particularly under Jose Mourinho, the Frenchman is beginning to make good on his potential at 24. With 17 goals in 32 Premier League games in 2019-20, Martial appeared to cement himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-choice centre-forward and formed a dynamic front three with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. He also earned a recall to the France squad, with 2020-21 looking like a season of endless possibilities for Martial.


Rodrygo Goes: Santos to Real Madrid - €45m

Real Madrid have been signing young talent in recent seasons in a departure from their Galactico-focused days, although the arrival of Eden Hazard did show they are still willing to splash out on ready-made superstars. Rodrygo Goes linked up with Zinedine Zidane's squad for 2019-20 having remained on loan with Santos after completing his initial transfer to the Spanish giants. The tricky forward showed plenty of promise in his first season and seemed to usurp Vinicius Junior in the pecking order at times. Madrid hope he can be their Neymar.


Vinicius Junior: Flamengo to Real Madrid - €45m

Rodrygo followed in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian Vinicius, who was a rare shining light for Madrid in 2018-19, scoring two LaLiga goals. In his second season, Vinicius was in and out of the team, but did enjoy a few stints of regular football. Flashy, flamboyant and difficult to tackle, Vinicius is a classic Brazilian wide player, though concerns about his end product remain despite having been at the club for a while now. Nevertheless, Vinicius could be Madrid's future along with Rodrygo.

Fabio Silva: Porto to Wolves - €40m

Silva became Porto's youngest-ever player in 2019 when he made his debut for the first-team less than a month after his 17th birthday – the previous record-holder was his new Wolves team-mate, Ruben Neves. The technically gifted forward, who has been suggested as the potential long-term heir to Cristiano Ronaldo, helped Porto to UEFA Youth League success in 2018-19 and has regularly caught the eye in Portugal's youth setup. Although he only scored three times in 20 appearances with Porto in 2019-20, Silva appears destined for a future at the top, with his technique and on-the-ball talents seemingly a good fit for Wolves' dynamic attacking options.

Luke Shaw: Southampton to Manchester United - €37.5m

Like Martial, Luke Shaw is another player who seems to have laboured under a large price tag at times. Shaw also had a fractious relationship with Mourinho but made the United left-back spot his own with 29 Premier League starts in 2018-19. The 24-year-old remained a regular last term, despite the emergence of Brandon Williams, and managed to stay relatively injury-free, but one rarely gets the impression his position in the squad is absolutely certain, particularly given his attacking output lacks in comparison to the world's best full-backs.


Wayne Rooney: Everton to Manchester United - €37m

Wayne Rooney certainly repaid his fee – he was British football's most expensive teenager – becoming United's all-time leading goalscorer and winning five Premier League titles at the club, as well as the 2007-08 Champions League. Rooney will go down as a United great despite affairs such as agitating for a move and falling out with Alex Ferguson. Rooney dropped out of favour in the latter years of his time at Old Trafford and was also sidelined for England, with a return to boyhood club Everton failing to spark. But joining MLS strugglers DC United was a clever move and Rooney helped inspire their rise. Now 34, he is back in England with Derby County.


Renato Sanches: Benfica to Bayern Munich - €35m

Bayern thought they were signing a player who would become one of the era's dominant midfielders when they snapped up Renato Sanches from Benfica, but the transfer did not work out at all. Bayern bought Sanches before he won Euro 2016 with Portugal but, four years later, that remains the highlight of his career. Sanches flopped in a loan spell with Swansea City in the Premier League and quickly appeared surplus to requirements at Bayern. He eventually secured a permanent move away last year when Die Roten recouped €25m for him - applaudable given his form - when selling him to Lille. But in France he seems to have found his feet again, enjoying a solid debut season and attracting interest from around Europe.

Wolves have completed the signing of highly rated Porto star Fabio Silva in a club-record deal reported to be €40million (£35.6m).

Silva, 18, has signed a five-year deal with the club and further increases the significant Portuguese contingent at Molineux.

The striker made the step up to the Porto senior side in 2019-20 having helped the club win the UEFA Youth League in the previous campaign and holds the records for the Portuguese club's youngest player and goalscorer.

He made 20 appearances across all competitions for Porto's senior team, and although he scored just three goals, Silva is regarded as one of Portugal's finest prospects.

Wolves' executive chairman Jeff Shi revealed the club had been tracking Silva for several years and that the desire for his signing comes straight from head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

"Our recruitment team have been watching Fabio since he played for Portugal Under-16s and they feel he has always been the best number nine coming through his age group anywhere in Europe," Shi said.

"In recent years, Fabio has been developing very fast and now has proven himself in Porto's first team, which is a top squad.

"Our head coach's requirement for quality is very high, but he thinks Fabio is an important signing who will help the team immediately this season.

"The timing of this deal is similar to the timing of when we bought Ruben Neves; we've waited for the right time to get a high-quality player at the right price."

Silva's prodigious talent has seen some pundits suggest he can become Cristiano Ronaldo's long-term heir for Portugal.

While such claims may be premature given Andre Silva was given the same treatment a few years ago, the teenager has attracted interest from many of Europe's biggest clubs.

Real Madrid and Liverpool had both been linked as keen admirers of the tricky attacker, yet it is Wolves who have pulled off an impressive transfer.

Wolves boast strong connections to Portuguese football and 'super agent' Jorge Mendes, with much of the club's coaching and playing staff from Portugal.

Seven of the senior squad are from Portugal, while there are also several others who have plied their trade in the Primeira Liga.

Silva will compete with Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore for a first-team role, with the teenager's skillset making him a potentially versatile option across the front.

Wolves have completed the signing of highly rated Porto star Fabio Silva in a club-record deal reported to be €40million (£35.6m).

Lionel Messi would cause panic to spread quickly among Premier League defenders if he moves to the English top flight, according to Wolves captain Conor Coady.

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City since informing Barcelona of his intention to leave the club last week.

Coady's brilliant form for Wolves has led to a maiden international call-up for England's forthcoming Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.

Nevertheless, he is not too proud to admit being brought face to face with Messi would raise his pre-match anxiety levels.

"I'll be honest with you, I'd probably have a lot of panic before the game, trying to get my head around playing him," Coady chuckled as he spoke to reporters from England's St George's Park base.

"You can watch all the videos in the world to try and prepare for playing someone like him and you'd struggle.

"It would be amazing for the Premier League. We all know how big the Premier League is. He's his own man and he'll decide his own future. Let's see what happens."

The over-riding emotion right now for Coady is excitement, along with a palpable sense of pride.

The 27-year-old, who was sold by boyhood club Liverpool as a youngster, has made a persistent case for inclusion as one of Wolves' standout performers over the past two seasons.

"It’s amazing, it’s absolutely incredible. From the moment I got phone call on Saturday it's been a whirlwind," he said.

"It’s an honour to be here. The standard of training is incredible. It’s everything I thought and more."

Coady revealed England boss Gareth Southgate called him at an inopportune moment to deliver news of his international breakthrough.

"I was taking my little boy round to his friend's on our estate," he explained.

"My phone was going off in my pocket. I thought, I'll ring them back when I get home because I had the kids.

"Then I had a text saying Gareth Southgate's trying to ring you, so I picked the boys up and ran back to the house and my missus. My little boy missed 10 minutes of whatever it was, playing with his friends.

"My wife was excited. I rang the number back and it's a phone call I’ll never ever forget for the rest of my life. It was incredible, I was shaking."

Matt Doherty says his initial discussions with new manager Jose Mourinho have made him desperate to pull on the Tottenham shirt.

The Republic of Ireland international completed his move from Wolves, which is worth a reported £14.7million, on Sunday, signing a four-year deal.

Doherty feels the switch has taken his career to the next level after 10 years with Wolves saw him play in League One and the Championship before their recent impact in the Premier League and Europa League.

"I'm going on international duty now and when I get back it is going to be the first week of the season so I've got to get training, get used to things and get used to the players," the 28-year-old told Spurs' website.

"I hope to hit the ground running and I'm sure when I meet all the players they will be welcoming – I've seen five or six of them already. 

"I spoke to the manager and obviously there was a friendly yesterday, but the way he was speaking to me, I wanted to travel down and play in the game! That is how excited he made me feel about coming here.

"The first game of the season is two weeks away now so I absolutely can't wait to get going."

The presence of Mourinho and some magnificent facilities have enthused Doherty after he joined midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and goalkeeper Joe Hart as Tottenham arrivals in this transfer window.

He added: "I'm extremely happy – I guess if the people could see what we were just doing [in my photoshoot] with smiles on my face the whole time – I'm very proud to be joining such a big club.

"With the size of the club, the training ground, the fact that we've got the best stadium in the world and possibly the best training ground in the world from what I've seen – and the manager – once I knew there was interest it was a no-brainer for me to get myself down to London.

"At Wolves I just had all the experiences – disappointment and then obviously getting promoted and stuff like that, but then taking it to the next level and getting into Europe as well. 

"It made me stay quite level-headed throughout my time there, but now I just feel like coming here is going to take my game and my career to the next level. 

"It would have been tough [to leave Wolves] if I was maybe going backwards or sideways but I feel like at Tottenham now I'm really taking a big step forward – just with the facilities, everything at the club and the manager here. 

"After 10 years, I know a lot of people at Wolves but it's a new challenge now and really a challenge that I feel like I need at this time. I'll give absolutely everything I can for this club."

Tottenham have completed the signing of right-back Matt Doherty from Wolves for a reported fee of £14.7million.

Spurs confirmed on Sunday the 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal and will wear the number two shirt.

Republic of Ireland international Doherty played 50 games across all competitions for Premier League side Wolves last season and scored seven goals.

Tottenham have been eager to sign a new right-back after selling Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton and indicating Serge Aurier is likely to depart.

Doherty had been on Wolves' books for 10 years, also playing for the club in the Championship and League One.

His arrival adds to Tottenham's signings of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and goalkeeper Joe Hart in this transfer window.

Raul Jimenez is an "ideal" team-mate for Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Fabio Capello.

Wolves star Jimenez has been linked with a move to the Serie A champions after scoring 27 goals in 55 games in 2019-20.

Capello believes the Mexico international can play a similar role to what Karim Benzema produced for Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

"Juve's problem is that they have to sell players and give up players and then turn to the market," the former Juve and Madrid coach told ESPN. 

"I have seen Raul Jimenez, he is an important player who has a lot of quality.

"He is an ideal player to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, because Cristiano has lacked a Benzema at Juventus. This could be Raul Jimenez."

Ronaldo netted 37 times in 46 games during the 2019-20 season, but Juve crashed out in the Champions League last 16 before Maurizio Sarri was sacked as coach.

Capello believes the coronavirus-enforced break impacted Juve, who will be led into the new campaign by Andrea Pirlo.

"It was not done because they arrived after the break and the team was not the same," he said.

"They lowered their physical condition a lot, the only one who got to the game well against Lyon was Cristiano Ronaldo. The quality, the strength, the organisation of the team was lacking, that's why I think they changed the coach.

"The team that everyone believed could be with CR7 has not been seen, the new game system that everyone saw with Napoli from Sarri was not seen with Juve."

The transfer saga that is Jadon Sancho-Manchester United continues to roll on.

Sancho has long been tipped to join United, though Borussia Dortmund are adamant the England star will not return to his homeland this off-season.

United, however, are reportedly not giving up.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED HELD UP BY PERSONAL TERMS

Manchester United remain keen on signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but personal terms and an agent fee are holding up their pursuit, according to ESPN.

Dortmund have insisted Sancho will not be sold, though United continue to target the former Manchester City youngster in a blockbuster transfer.

United have reportedly been given the green light to speak to Sancho and his representative but there has been an impasse with the player's camp over salary demands.

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- Journalist Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen are still negotiating a deal for star Kai Havertz. While Chelsea are confident, there remains a difference between the two clubs as Leverkusen hope to conclude a deal by the end of the month.

Jack Grealish to United? The Aston Villa captain continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford and ESPN reports United goalkeeper Sergio Romero could be included in a deal to sign Grealish. Romero is United's number two behind David de Gea and the Argentina international's future is unclear, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly keen for Dean Henderson to challenge for the number one spot.

- According to Cadena Ser's El Larguero, Luis Suarez is aiming to stay at Barcelona. Linked with a return to former club Ajax, Suarez is reportedly one of a number of players who could be forced out following Ronald Koeman's arrival. However, Suarez, Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto all want to speak to Quique Setien's replacement.

- Amid doubts over Pique's long-term future with Barca, Libero claims newly promoted Premier League side Fulham have made an offer for the Spain international star.

United remain interested in signing Barca teenager Ansu Fati, reports Marca. The 17-year-old reportedly switched agents to Jorge Mendes, having previously been represented by Messi's brother.

- The Telegraph says Chelsea are considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva. The 35-year-old will become a free agent following the Champions League final and he has already been linked with former club Milan and fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.

Juventus are negotiating with United for Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa, claims La Gazzetta dello Sport. The report also says the Serie A champions are speaking to City regarding Alex Sandro, while new boss Andrea Pirlo is eyeing Roma striker Edin Dzeko and Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

- Tuttosport's frontpage on Thursday suggests a merry-go-round of strikers. Inter have reportedly told Real Madrid that Romelu Lukaku is not for sale, Juve are in talks with Wolves to sign Raul Jimenez and Inter are challenging the Bianconeri for Dzeko. Meanwhile, Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik is heading towards Roma.

- The countdown is on for Madrid to sell outcasts Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, according to Marca.

Liverpool look set to have some major competition in their bid to sign Thiago Alcantara.

Out of contract at Bayern Munich next year, Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions.

However, two big-spending European giants are reportedly joining the race for the midfielder.

 

TOP STORY – MAN CITY, PSG EYE LIVERPOOL TARGET THIAGO

Manchester City and PSG are interested in reported Liverpool target Thiago, according to Le 10 Sport.

Sport Bild says Liverpool are prepared to pay £27.1million (€30m) for the midfielder, an offer which could be enough for Bayern.

However, it also reports the champions are worried a club like City may trump their bid.

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- While it looks like Jadon Sancho may remain at Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United are not giving up on the star attacker. The Mirror reports the Premier League club have put other moves on hold as they chase Sancho.

- Staying at Old Trafford and Paul Pogba's future is yet to be sorted. Sky Sports reports the midfielder, who is contracted until 2021 with the club holding an option to extend it for a further year, is expecting talks over a new deal after United's Europa League campaign ends.

- After crashing out of the Champions League in the last 16, Real Madrid have been expected to strengthen. However, Marca reports Madrid have told players there will be no new signings.

- With Ismaila Sarr linked to Liverpool, Watford are seemingly holding firm. The Evening Standard reports Watford are demanding £40m for Sarr, who has also been linked to Wolves and Crystal Palace.

- Arsenal and Roma could be close to a swap deal. Nicolo Schira reports the clubs are in advanced talks about a deal that would send Lucas Torreira to the Serie A club and Amadou Diawara to Arsenal.

Nuno Espirito Santo is hoping to make signings this close season after Wolves fell in the Europa League.

The Premier League side suffered a 1-0 loss to Sevilla in the quarter-finals on Tuesday after Lucas Ocampos' 88th-minute winner.

Raul Jimenez had an early penalty saved for Wolves, who finished seventh in the Premier League this season.

Wolves head coach Nuno wants to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

"Now it's my work to look at it. It's time to reflect and analyse. If you look at the team that started the game, it's the same, the same like the first season," he told a news conference.

"We made mistakes that we cannot repeat. We need players that can make us stronger. No doubt about it."

Nuno added: "It's not about requests. We don't operate like that. We operate on common sense, we operate on dialogue, and that's what we're going to do now.

"First of all, let's prepare the break. Then let's look at our future and what we need. The club has been amazing. The first season in the Championship was very hard, the second season we were all together.

"It's not about requests, it's about making good decisions that can help us and make us stronger in avoiding mistakes."

Wolves have finished seventh in back-to-back Premier League seasons since returning to the top flight in 2018-19.

Lucas Ocampos punished Raul Jimenez's early penalty miss with a late winner as Sevilla beat Wolves 1-0 in Wednesday's Europa League quarter-final at the MSV-Arena.

Sevilla have won the competition in its various guises a record five times and will now face Manchester United on Sunday for a place in the final.

It may have been a different story in Duisburg had Jimenez converted from 12 yards but Yassine Bounou made a save and Ocampos glanced in the only goal two minutes from time.

Wolves, whose European adventure started 13 months and 17 games ago, had too little time to respond and Sevilla saw things through to advance to another continental semi-final.

Jonny Castro Otto will miss the rest of Wolves' Europa League campaign after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Spanish wing-back was forced off in the first half of Wolves' 1-0 victory over Olympiacos on Thursday and he is now set for an extended period on the sidelines.

Academy defender Lewis Richards will join up with the first team in Germany ahead of Tuesday's quarter-final against Sevilla.

Wolves doctor Matt Perry said: "In the first-half of the match with Olympiacos Jonny suffered an injury to his right knee.

"Yesterday [Friday] a scan confirmed the first clinical impression of an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament which will require surgical repair.

"This has been arranged and the whole team wish Jonny well on his path to recovery."

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