Reported £35m Wolves target Gedson Fernandes has barely featured in 2019

Manager of Wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo looks on during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 24, 2017 in...

Premier League high-flyers Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with Benfica's Portuguese starlet Gedson Fernandes.

Gedson Fernandes of Portugal in action during the International Friendly match between Portugal U20 and England U20 at Stadium Municipal 25 April on March 26, 2019 in Penafiel, Portugal.

Wolverhampton Wanderers would be paying for potential if they sign Gedson Fernandes this summer.

A Bola broke the news in March that Wolves are interested in another rising star of Portuguese football, having brought Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Vinagre, Ruben Neves and Helder Costa to the club since they were taken over by Fosun International in 2016.

 

And Gedson, a 20-year-old midfielder, could be the next highly-rated Iberian starlet on his way to Molineux.

With Benfica apparently willing to sell for £35 million, Gedson might even become Wolves’ record signing, exceeding the fee they paid last week to keep Raul Jimenez at Molineux on a permanent basis.

Gedson Fernandes of SL Benfica in action during the Liga NOS match between FC Porto and SL Benfica at Estadio do Dragao on March 2, 2019 in Porto, Portugal.

But the fact that the Sao Tome-born enforcer appears to be out of favour right now should perhaps put a seed of doubt in their mind. Gedson was a regular in the first-team up until Christmas but he has not started a Primeira Liga fixture since a shock 2-0 defeat to Portimonense in January, when he was subbed off at half-time.

In fact, he has tallied just 60 minutes of action on Benfica’s last 13 games, coinciding with Bruno Lage replacing Rui Vitoria in the dugout.

Suddenly, £35 million looks like a rather risky investment.

Gedson Fernandes of Portugal competes for the ball with Marcus Tavernier of England during the International Friendly match between Portugal U20 and England U20 at Stadium Municipal 25...

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