In a bid to create a strong team and to win a promotion to the Premier League during season 2017/2018, Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed Porto’s defensive midfielder Ruben Neves for a transfer £15.8 million fee, a record for the Championship. Never has signed a 5-year contract with Wolves. The previous Championship transfer record has also belonged to the Wolves, who have paid £13 million to sign Helder Costa from Benfica, during the January transfer window.
In 2015, Ruben Neves has become the youngest team captain in Champions League history, when he captained Porto in their game against Maccabi Tel Aviv. He has been scouted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool within the last year.
The 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder have played in 93 games for Porto since 2014 and scored 4 goals. The new Wolves boss Nuno Espirito has proved to be a key to the high profile transfer signing, as he has managed Neves during his managerial spell at the Portuguese club.
Wolves have also secured the signing of another Porto player – the central defender Willy Boly, who has joined them on a season-long loan.
“I’m very excited to play for the club, it is a very big club. I have always wanted to play in England and we have a good team. I think we can do good things this season. It is also a good opportunity for me to work again with a trainer I worked with last year”, said Ruben Neves in an interview for the Wolves.co.uk. He also added that he loves English football.
The Wolves manager Nuno Espirito told BBC Midlands Today that Neves is a very good player who will bring “new things to our squad”. Espirito that he knows Neves well as he managed him last season. “When a player who is 18 years old is captain of a big team like Porto, in the Champions League, it says a lot”, added the Wolves coach.
In addition to the 59 league games, Neves played fro Porto, he has played 18 times for Porto in the Champions League.
According to the BBC sporting journalist Mike Taylor, the spendings made by Chinese investment company Fosun, who are Wolverhampton Wanderers owners “has brought considerable attention”. Fosun bought the Wolves for £45 million in 2016.
According to Mr. Taylor “Concerns have been expressed about the links between Fosun and the so-called “super agent” Jorge Mendes”.
“The club have suggested that the current arrangements allow Wolves to compete for the sort of player they couldn’t have dreamed of attracting a year ago, and frankly many supporters will not care who is arranging what and for how much – as long as the team win more often. Whether spending of this scale will give Wolves any troubles in terms of Financial Fair Play will have to be considered in future, probably in the context of whether they achieve promotion and what dealing is done in the meantime”, wrote Mike Tylor for the BBC website.