Manchester City are reportedly set to insist on striking a deal with Wolves for Matheus Nunes in what remains of the summer transfer window. The spending is likely to see City’s spending surpass the £200million mark, despite Pep Guardiola’s comments criticising how Chelsea have splashed the cash.
After winning the treble last season, City have not been complacent in the transfer market and identified several departments where they could improve. Josko Gvardiol was signed from RB Leipzig to add further quality to Guardiola’s defence, with Mateo Kovacic being acquired from Chelsea to replace Ilkay Gundogan.
With Riyad Mahrez joining the flurry of stars heading to Saudi Arabia, City have struck a deal with Rennes worth £55m to sign winger Jeremy Doku. However, adding an attacking-minded midfielder has quickly become a priority at the Etihad Stadium after Kevin de Bruyne’s recent injury.
Their pursuit of West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta became complicated after a recent investigation by the FA, and Wolves’ has now been identified as an alternative. According to Fabrizio Romano, City will insist on signing the Portugal international in the next 48 hours after their opening bid of £42m was rejected. The player is also said to be keen to make the move to the Premier League champions.
Guardiola is a long-term admirer of Nunes and heaped the praise on the playmaker previously, labelling him ‘one of the best in the world’ whilst the midfielder was playing for Sporting in the Champions League before he made the move to Molineux.
Wolves are reluctant to allow Nunes to leave so late in the summer transfer window given how important he is in Gary O’Neil’s system. However, their financial difficulties means that a significant transfer fee could prove very difficult to reject.
Thus, City will have to table a sizeable bid if they are to land the 24-year-old, despite his comments recently highlighting how Chelsea have splashed the cash over the past 18 months. Asked about whether the recent general spending this summer has made conducting business more difficult, Guardiola replied: “For Chelsea, it is easier than us, that’s for sure.
“I couldn’t sit here if we spent what Chelsea spent in the last two transfer windows – you would kill me. We’d be under scrutiny like you couldn’t imagine. We have to see what happens in the market and if we can do it and to pay what we believe is fair.”