Wolverhampton Wanderers have clearly made a top class midfielder a priority this summer.
Alfred Ndiaye’s loan spell from La Liga club Villarreal has come to an end and Wolves need a partner for the brilliant Ruben Neves. They have been linked with some interesting options while, according to Fanatic, they made a £22 million bid for Stoke City’s Badou Ndiaye.
So far, however, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Premier League newcomers have been left disappointed. But is it about time they make a move for one of the most high-profile names in Jorge Mendes’ contact book?
Joao Moutinho is one of the most accomplished midfielders in European football. The 31-year-old has won league titles with Porto and Monaco, not to mention Euro 2016 with Portugal, the country he has represented 112 times.
But why would Moutinho choose to leave Monaco for Wolves? Well, there are a few reasons.
One, he appears to have hit a glass ceiling at Monaco. Leonardo Jardim's side won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2016/17 but that seems very much a one-off, with PSG reasserting their dominance and the principality club losing countless key players.
As a result, a fresh challenge in England could appeal.
Two, Wolves are embarking on one of the most exciting projects in European football. As reported by the Mirror, the club funded by Chinese billionaires are hoping for a top six place next season and Moutinho would surely be an integral figure in Wolves' emergence as a Premier League force.
And three, Moutinho would be the leader of a dressing room with real Iberian flair.
The experienced midfielder has always been a role model for young players on and off the pitch, and he would certainly be giving something back to his country by mentoring young Portuguese talent such as Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Ruben Vinagre and, of course, Neves.