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Porto manager Sergio Conceicao has paid tribute to reported Wolverhampton Wanderers target Otavio, after another performance full of energy and creativity from the Brazilian assist-machine, while speaking to A Bola.

While the Portuguese giants are no strangers to losing their star players, that does not mean they are sitting idly by as Otavio’s contract runs down.

An influential attacking midfielder who has been linked with a £15 million move to Molineux, via The Mirror (28 June, page 49), the 25-year-old will be a free agent next summer.

And, try as they might, Porto have failed to agree fresh terms.

“After so many years with Porto, he would like to be able to try a new adventure,” Otavio’s agent said last week.

“His contract expires in 2021 and the renewal negotiations have not gone very well. From January, he could sign a pre-contract with anyone.”

Considering that Wolves have raided the Portuguese market on countless occasions in the last four years, bringing the likes of Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio and Raul Jimenez to England, it is no surprise that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are at the front of the queue for Otavio’s signature.

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And after Porto stormed eight points clear at the top of the table as they close in on a first Primeira Liga crown since 2018, Conceicao has picked a timely moment to remind Otavio of how highly he is regarded at the Estadio do Dragao.

“Otavio is an old-school player, he understands football, he is perceptive in the way he interprets each moment,” Conceicao said after a 3-1 win against Tondela.

“He has quality. Without a doubt, he is much more mature in his game now, more consistent. He is an important player of the team.”

With 11 assists in all competitions, Otavio could add some much-needed cutting edge to a Wolves side who, for all their qualities, are not exactly prolific.

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