Report: Willy Boly to swap Porto for Wolves despite 2016 snub

Nuno Espirito Santo

Willy Boly rejected the chance to move to the Championship last summer but could now join Ruben Neves and Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves.

The prospect of Ruben Neves, one of the brightest young midfielders in European football, moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a club-record £14 million deal is certainly enough to make the Championship sit up and take notice, the Daily Mail reports.

The FC Porto starlet, who became the youngest captain in Champions League history against Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015, aged just 18, has been scouted frequently by Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

FC Porto's Ruben Neves during trainingSigning Ruben Neves would eclipse the £13m Wolves paid Benfica for Helder Costa in January

Yet, with Neves’s development stalling at Porto, the Iberian giants struggling financially, now is the time to sell. Jorge Mendes, the 20-year-old’s agent, has a close relationship with Wolves Chinese owners and could pave the way for the Midlands club to complete one of the most remarkable signings in the history of England’s second tier.

And Portuguese publication Record claim that Neves may have company on the flight from Portugal to England. Because 26-year-old centre-back Willy Boly could be joining him, and former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo, at Molinuex.

The report claims that Boly is close to agreeing a season-long loan switch to Wolves after featuring just four times in a disappointing debut season at the Estadio do Dragao. A former France under-19 international renowned for his aerial strength and ability on the ball, Boly could fill the gap vacated by the departure of Mike Williamson at the end of the previous season.

However, his name is likely to be familiar to Wolves fans and not necessarily for a good reason. According to A Bola last summer, Wolves made a bid of £6.8 million for Boly after he helped Braga finish an impressive fourth in the Primera Liga.

Willy Boly in actionWilly Boly was impressive at Braga, less so at Porto

However, Boly rejected the move because he did not want to play in the Championship before making the move to Porto instead.

12 months on, however, Boly will be hoping Wolves supporters are a forgiving kind.

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