Does Moussa Marega's Nuno blast ruin Wolves' hopes of £30m move

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers...

Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly want to sign £30m Porto striker Moussa Marega.

Portos Malian forward Moussa Marega (L) in action with Virgil Van Dijk defender of Liverpool (R) during the UEFA Champions League, match between FC Porto and Liverpool, at Dragao Stadium...

Any Wolverhampton Wanderers fans getting carried away about suggestions that Moussa Marega is on his way to Molineux might just be brought back down to earth with a bang.

Wolves have pulled off a number of eye-catching transfer coups in the last few years and reports from the Mirror that the Black Country side have moved ahead of West Ham in the £30 million race to sign Porto’s top scorer have elicited plenty of excitement.

 

But even if Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to work with the Mali international Marega at Molineux, the feeling might not be entirely mutual.

Because, in a 2018 interview with SFR Sport, the 28-year-old hit out at his former Porto coach, pointing out that he would have looked to force a move away from the Estadio do Dragao if Nuno had not left instead to take over at Wolves.

Nuno Espirito Santo the manager

"If Nuno had stayed, I would have done everything to get out of FC Porto,” the former Rio Ave forward admitted. “It would have been difficult for me because I have a great respect for this club."

Nuno certainly seemed reluctant to give Marega a chance at Porto, loaning him out to Vitoria de Guimaraes in 2016/17. It was only when the Portuguese coach was replaced by Sergio Conceicao that Marega started to become an important part of the club’s plans.

He scored 21 goals in all competitions across 2018/19. And maybe West Ham have the advantage over Wolves after all.

Moussa Marega of Porto celebrates with fans after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Porto and AS Roma at Estadio do Dragao on March 06, 2019 in Porto,...

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