Manchester United finished nine points above Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final Premier League standings but lost two of three matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team struggled against a well-drilled team coached by Nuno Espirito Santo.
Now, Manchester United may lose out to Wolves once more but this time in the transfer market. Manchester United transfer target Joao Felix is being linked to the West Midlands club thanks to their strong Portuguese ties.
Joao Felix to Wolverhampton Wanderers?
Felix is one of the hottest prospects in world football. The 19-year-old forward excelled for Benfica this season in both the Premeira Liga and Europa League.
The forward tallied 19 goals and 11 assists in 40 games in all competitions. According to Transfermarkt, Felix is valued at £31 million. That figure is sure to rise past the £50m mark due to Felix’s youth and potential.
Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has stated they will only sell Felix if his release clause is met, however. Felix’s release clause is currently set at £105m. It is a fee Wolves won’t be able to afford unless owner Fosun International decide to break the club’s record transfer spend by a considerable margin.
Who else is Wolverhampton Wanderers tracking?
Felix is not the only Portueges player Wolves are chasing. The club has been targetting AC Milan forward Andre Silva and could land the Portuguese player in the offseason.
Silva spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Sevilla after a poor first year at the San Siro. However, Silva had a falling out with Sevilla manager Joaquin Caparros at the tail end of the season. Caparros accused Silva of faking an injury.
Wolves attempted to sign Silva last summer but the forward decided to join Sevilla instead. With Wolves guaranteed European football for the first time since the early 1980s, Silva could be lured to the Molineaux.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Wolves may approach AC Milan over Silva’s signature once the Serie A season ends on Sunday.
Wolves have already made one new signing this season. Former Charlton Athletic academy player Hong Wan has joined the club and will play for the development squad.