Did Wolves dodge a bullet as Pele struggles at Monaco?

Portuguese football manager Jorge Mendes stands in front of the press during the release of the book 'The Special Agent' written by Miguel Cuesta and Jonathan Sanchez in Lisbon on February...

Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers were very heavily linked with Monaco's new Ligue 1 signing Pele over the summer.

Sporting's Argentinian forward Rodrigo Battaglia (L) vies with Rio Ave's Guinean defender Pele during the Portuguese league football match Rio Ave FC vs Sporting CP at the Rio Ave FC - Dos...

Pele to Wolves become something of a saga in the early days of the summer transfer window.

The highly-rated midfielder, who is represented by Jorge Mendes, had been linked with a move to Molineux ever since the Portuguese super-agent started to have an influence over Wolves’ recruitment in the summer of 2016.

And the Mail reported in April that Wolves had sent scouts to watch the £9 million-rated midfielder score twice to inspire his Rio Ave side to a 2-1 win against Chaves. But the Premier League newcomers were to lose out after two years of links.

 

Pele joined Monaco instead, but the early signs are that Wolves got away with one.

He has not played for the 2017 Ligue 1 champions since being hauled off at half-time in the 4-0 Trophee des Champions defeat to PSG in this season’s curtain raiser – a nightmare debut if there ever was one.

AS Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Pele poses with his jersey  during a presentation of the club's new players on August 20, 2018, at the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE

And, according to the Guardian, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is far from impressed by his new midfielder and allegedly wanted to farm him out on loan even before the transfer window slammed shut.

Given that Wolves eventually signed the influential Joao Moutinho and brought in Belgian youngster Leander Dendoncker too, it is fair to say they did a little better than the Monaco outcast.

Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The King Power Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Leicester,...

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