Shoya Nakajima could be a major Wolves coup with European giants linked

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his team's victory after the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on December...

Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly set to beat Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and co for Shoya Nakajima.

Shoya Nakajima of Japan celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the international friendly match between Japan and Kyrgyz at Toyota Stadium on November 20, 2018 in Toyota,...

Just who on earth is Shoya Nakajima? That is the question Wolverhampton Wanderers fans will be asking with reports in Portugal suggesting that an £18 million, record-equalling January deal is all but done (A Bola).

To say Nakajima is not a household name would be an understatement. The 24-year-old Japanese international is playing over in Portugal but he doesn’t represent Benfica, Porto or Sporting Lisbon.

 

Instead, the attacking midfielder is plying his trade for Portimonense, the side sitting 11th in the Primeira Liga table.

But while Nakajima is something of an unknown amongst fans, it seems that his impressive performances have not gone unnoticed from some of the biggest clubs around. According to Japan Times back in April, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund launched enquiries ahead of the summer transfer window.

Filipe Luis (L) of Atletico Madrid and Christian Pulisic (22) of Borussia Dortmund vie for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A soccer match between Atletico Madrid and...

And interest from two Champions League regulars suggests that Wolves could be about to pull off a real coup. Just because Nakajima is not a household name does not mean he is not a special talent.

The forward contributed ten goals and set up 13 more in all competitions last season and, according to A Bola, Southampton and Leicester City have also been keeping an eye on him.

Shoya Nakajima of Portimonense SC celebrates after during the Liga NOS match between Portimonense SC and CD Tondela at Estadio Municipal de Portimao on December 2, 2018 in Portimao,...

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