Portimonense president discusses whether Shoya Nakajima is joining Wolves

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Brentford at Molineux on January 2, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been heavily tipped to bring Japan international winger Nakajima to the Premier League for a fee of £18million.

Shoya Nakajima of Japan celebrates the equaliser during the International friendly match between Japan and Mali at the Stade de Sclessin on March 23, 2018 in Liege, Belgium.

Adama Traore's status as Wolverhampton Wanderers' record signing could soon be under threat.

Because it seems the Black Country club are set to sign the Japan international Shoya Nakajima for a fee in the region of £18 million, with A Bola claiming negotiations are at an advanced stage.

Nakajima is far from a household name, but he has built an impressive reputation with his performances in the Portuguese top flight for mid-table outfit Portimonense, scoring 10 goals and setting up 13 more in all competitions last season.

 

Speaking to Radio Renascenca, the club’s president Rodiney Sampiao has confirmed that Nakaima’s move to Molineux is edging closer, and admits that he will be sad to see the winger go.

“There has been a conversation. It is not yet 100 per cent finalised but it is possible in January,” Sampaio said. “Nakajima is 80 per cent at Wolverhampton.

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

“It's a great sporting loss for us. Nakajima is a great player, he has adapted very well to Portimonense. We all regret his departure, the squad but also the fans. It turns out we had no chance of holding on to him.”

The Mail adds that Nakajima has a release clause in his contract worth £35 million but Portimonense could be tempted to sell for less with the club, who are 11th in the Primeira Liga, looking to raise funds.

The six-time international will have a lot to prove at Wolves, however, given that the Premier League side are set to pay a massive fee for a player few in England will be aware of.

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,...

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