Wolverhampton Wanderers are finding it ‘really difficult’ to sign Flamengo midfielder Joao Gomes this window, with Lyon now looking like the favorites in the race for his signature, Daily Express journalist ryan taylor has informed GIVEMESPORT.
The Old Gold are in the market for more reinforcements, with Julen Lopetegui already ratifying deals for Craig Dawson, Matheus Cunha, Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina.
Wolves Transfer News – Joao Gomes
Earlier in the window, The Daily MayI reported that Wolves were on the verge of signing the 21-year-old from Flamengo. Since then, there has been a significant turn of events that has changed the course of negotiations.
last week, Foot Mercato delivered an update on proceedings, claiming that Ligue 1 giants Lyon have moved to gazump Wolves in their pursuit of Gomes. His current Flamengo employers are said to prefer Lyon’s offer from a financial standpoint, which has swung the deal in their favor and left Wolves out in the cold.
Despite Gomes verbally agreeing to move to Molineux alongside sorting out personal terms, Lyon seem to be in pole position to sign him this month, even if it takes some convincing on his end.
talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has confirmed on Twitter that Wolves remain hopeful about doing a deal for Gomes, with the player signifying that “this is the move he wants [Wolves]”.
What has Ryan Taylor said about Joao Gomes?
Daily Express journalist Taylor believes that Wolves will feel ‘hard done by’ in their efforts to sign Gomes as a potential deal to bring in the 21-year-old has been ‘taken away from them’.
Taylor told GMS: “It’s looking like a really difficult deal to complete now because Flamengo effectively said Lyon are paying higher money, so we want to sell to Lyon.
“I think Wolves will feel really hard done by on that front because they literally had the deal done and now it’s been taken away from them.”
Do Wolves need to sign another midfielder player this month?
Without a doubt, Wolves could do with at least one more midfield signing as they go about trying to secure their Premier League survival.
Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Boubacar Traore, Matheus Nunes, Joe Hodge and new signing Lemina make up their current options in the engine room, signaling that they could do with adding some depth in the engine room to help cope with a busy fixture schedule.
21-year-old playmaker Gomes would be an exciting fit that would bring some fresh ideas to the table; however, it is unclear as of yet whether Wolves could re-ignite any potential hopes of enticing him to the Premier League.
Being able to play in a variety of positions across the middle of the field, Gomes has made 117 appearances representing Flamengo at senior level, managing to claim three goals and three assists, as per Transfermarkt.
Any deal to prize him away from Flamengo may not come cheap, with one report claiming he has a £54 million release clause inserted into his current contract.