Wolverhampton Wanderers will target Benfica players, Jeff Shi admits

Silvio in action for Benfica

Wolverhampton Wanderers plan to utilise their new-found contacts to lure Portuguese talent to Molineux.

Super agent Jorge Mendes with client Cristiano RonaldoSuper agent Jorge Mendes with client Cristiano Ronaldo

Fosun's Jeff Shi has told the Express & Star that Wolverhampton Wanderers will look to Portuguese champions Benfica for signings.

The Chinese conglomerate recently completed its takeover of the Championship side, following advice from super agent Jorge Mendes, whose clients include fellow Portuguese Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

As such, Wolves have been linked with a number of players based in the Iberian nation as the takeover rumbled on.

Moves for Benfica pair Helder Costa and Pele, along with ex-teammate Ivan Cavaleiro, were reported in the Sun newspaper last week, while Eagles winger Ola John and former loanee Silvio were listed as targets in the Portuguese media over the weekend.

Ivan Cavaleiro (R) celebrates scoring the third goal for PortugalReported target Ivan Cavaleiro cost Monaco £12.5 million a year ago

And while no official link-up is expected, Shi has admitted Wolves hope to do some of their shopping at the Estadio da Luz.

"After the takeover, I think he (Mendes) will be one of our agents," Shi told the Express & Star. "He’s now working on that to try and bring players to us. I think he has a lot of resources in the world.

Molineux - general viewMolineux could be lit up by Portuguese talent this season

"Some clubs have a very good relationship with him. I’m also very familiar with our friends in Benfica, I know the chairman there (and) the CEO.

"Maybe we will try to get some players from there."

Wolves, who have added goalkeeper Andy Lonergan so far, will be keen to make up for lost time in the transfer market, with their season opener at Rotherham United 11 days away.

Fulham's Andy LonerganAndy Lonergan is Wolves' only summer recruit

Earlier this month, the Telegraph reported the Black Country club had missed out on four targets due to a delay in their takeover.

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