Pedro ‘Pote’ Goncalves is worth ‘£800 million’ to Sporting Lisbon these days with the former Wolverhampton Wanderers starlet thriving away from the Premier League, former Portugal international Mario Fernandes tells Sporting TV.
Fortunately, Wolves had the good sense to include a sell-on clause in Goncalves’ contract (The Athletic).
Because, while an £800 million transfer fee is fanciful even in this oil-rich era, the one-time Molineux starlet will certainly cost a pretty penny when the time comes to leave the Portuguese champions.
Sporting, however, insisted their 23-year-old talisman would not be going anywhere for a penny less than his £53 million release clause.
If you can’t be bothered working it out, that means Wolves will receive a £10 million windfall if – or when – that clause is finally triggered.
As far as Fernandes is concerned, however, that would be a bargain for a man who fired the Lisbon giants to their first Primeira Liga title in two decades last season with 23 goals from midfield.
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“Pedro Goncalves scores goals that don’t exist, he’s the only one who manages to score,” Fernandes said of a man who spent two years in Wolves’ academy between 2017 and 2019 before a bout of homesickness led him back to Iberia.
“I’ve already heard there is a player who goes for £80 million,” Fernandes adds, referring to Porto whizzkid Luis Diaz.
“If that player goes for £80 million, Pedro Goncalves has to go for £800 million.
“Pedro Goncalves is a very intelligent player. I’m not surprised by the goals Pedro Goncalves is scoring.
“I’m convinced he’ll fight for the Silver Ball (given to the best player in Portugal) again.
“You have to have a lot of talent, you have to think and be very focused on what you have to do on the field. And he is always very focused.”
A player better known as ‘Pote’ has scored nine times in 13 games this season already, living up to his ‘new Bruno Fernandes’ moniker for a Sporting side that has lost just once in the league since the start of 2020/21.