Report: Wolves enter negotiations to sign Benfica's £13m-rated Joao Carvalho, Jorge Mendes key

Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film Ronaldo in central London on November 9, 2015.

Arsenal wanted Joao Carvalho - but super-agent Jorge Mendes could bring the midfielder to Wolverhampton Wanderers instead.

Serbia's midfielder Marko Grujic (R) and Portugal's midfielder Joao Carvalho vie for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group B football match Portugal v Serbia in...

A striker is Wolves’ top priority in the January transfer window but, with a hugely talented midfielder possibly available in the New Year, it appears that the Black Country side will not let such an opportunity pass them by.

According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Wolves are negotiating with Primeira Liga champions Benfica over the £13 million signing of Joao Carvalho.

It is understood that Carvalho is contracted to Benfica for another three seasons and has a release clause in excess of £50 million in his contract.

But with the midfielder a client of Jorge Mendes, the super-agent who plays a major role in Wolves’ transfer strategy thanks to his close relationship with their Chinese owners, it appears that the Championship club could land Carvalho on a cut-price deal.

Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film Ronaldo in central London on November 9, 2015.

The Portugal Under-21 ace, who made his Champions League debut against Basel on Wednesday, would be the seventh Iberian player in Wolves first-team squad, joining fellow Mendes clients Ruben Neves, Helder Costa and co at Molineux.

And though 20-year-old is yet to make his league debut for Benfica, his only prolonged run in the senior game coming during last season’s loan spell at Vitoria Guimaraes, it must be remembered that Costa, as well as Ruben Vinagre, had barely played first-team football before arriving at Wolves.

Benfica's midfielder Joao Carvalho arrives to give a press conference at Luz stadium in Lisbon, on December 4, 2017, on the eve of the Champions League match, group A, SL Benfica vs Basel.

Just to make the seemingly impending deal even more impressive, Record claims that the technically gifted Carvalho has long been tracked by Premier League giants Arsenal.

The Gunners would give Carvalho the chance to play in Europe, as well as compete at the top of English football under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. But with Mendes pulling the strings at Molineux, Wolves have never enjoyed such power in the transfer market.

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