Wolverhampton Wanderers are in talks to bring highly-rated midfielder Samuel Costa to the Premier League from Spanish second tier outfit Almeria, as reported by A Bola.
It has certainly been a busy couple of days for Wolves supporters.
Did we mention that Wolves have a new manager too?
On the same day that Bruno Lage was finally confirmed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement, reports coming out of Iberia suggest that the former Benfica coach could be joined in England by a tough-tackling, 20-year-old ball-winner.
Is Samuel Costa the first signing for Bruno Lage at Wolves?
Samuel Costa, otherwise known as Samu, is in talks over a move that will see him join compatriots Joao Moutinho, Pedro Neto and co in Old Gold.
Almeria will trigger the £6 million obligation-to-buy clause in Costa’s contract, having signed the Jorge Mendes client on an initial loan deal from Braga in September.
Diario de Almeria, meanwhile, claim that Almeria will then sell Costa on for an immediate – and rather sizeable – profit.
Wolves are willing to pay £21.5 million for a man who played 35 games in Spain’s second tier across 2020/21.
A more defensively-minded midfielder than the Arsenal-linked Neves, it remains to be seen whether ‘Samu’ is seen as a replacement for his compatriot or someone capable of playing alongside the former Porto captain.
“Samu is going to give us a lot of dynamism, he wins aerial duels, he makes us improve in the pressing,” Almeria coach Rubi said recently, via AS.