Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford are going head to head for the signing of Royal Antwerp defender Aurelio Buta, according to The Mail, with the Premier League duo confident that £5 million could be enough to seal the deal.
The Portuguese right-back has been plying his trade in Belgium since 2017, when he joined Antwerp from Benfica initially on loan before making a permanent move to the Jupiler League side.
Buta has impressed with his swashbuckling displays down the right hand side, providing six assists in 20 games as The Great Old finished fourth in the table last season.
The Mail, however, believes that the youngster, who was named in the Team of the Tournament as Portugal finished in the semi-finals of the U19 European Championships in 2016, could be on his way to England in January.
Wolves apparently want to reinforce their defence with Europa League football set to stretch Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad to its limits. Buta would likely compete with Matt Doherty and Adama Traore for a place on the right of Nuno’s 3-5-2 system if he joins compatriots Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves at Molineux.
The report adds that Watford are interested too with the Premier League strugglers crying out for some quality additions as Quique Sanchez Flores aims to guide the Hornets away from the relegation zone.
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