Wolves will shatter another Championship record with reported Willy Boly deal

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in...

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly keen to sign centre-back Willy Boly on a permanent basis from Primeira Liga giants FC Porto.

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

Wolverhampton Wanderers have pulled off some pretty impressive deals since Chinese owners Fosun International and super-agent Jorge Mendes started pulling the strings at Molineux in the summer of 2016.

Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Ruben Neves have certainly been worthy of their club-record transfer fees while Diego Jota and Leo Bonatini, who have scored 22 and assisted another nine between them this season, are also set to sign permanently after starring on loan from Porto and Al-Hilal respectively.

But the best deal could be yet to come. According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Wolves can turn Willy Boly’s loan from Primeira Liga giants Porto into a permanent deal to the tune of £10.6 million.

Willy Boly of Wolverhampton Wanderers motivates his team mates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Fulham at Molineux on November 3, 2017 in Wolverhampton,...

And it almost goes without saying that such a fee is a snip in today’s market – even if it would make the Frenchman the most expensive defender in the history of England’s second tier.

While Jota, Bonatini and Neves have been so influential at the other end of the pitch, Wolves’ lead at the top of the Championship may not have been quite so clear if it wasn’t for Boly’s performances at the back.

Rui Fonte of Fulham and Willy Boly of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham at Molineux on November 3, 2017 in...

In the 16 league games he has started, Wolves have kept ten clean sheets. And it is no coincidence that they conceded a goal almost immediately after he hobbled off injured in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Millwall.

Quite simply, Boly is the best defender in the Championship right now and Wolves would be foolish not to snap him up at the first opportunity – even if they could have signed him for half-price when he was at Braga a year-and-a-half ago.

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