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Newcastle transfer news: Matheus Nunes more likely to join Wolves

Newcastle United target Matheus Nunes is expected to move to the Premier League this summer. However, St James’ Park is not his most likely destination.

According to the Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers are the most likely team to sign the 23-year-old. Wolves are the favourites to sign the Portugal international, go figure…

Nunes is a man in demand for Premier League clubs, with Everton also linked with the Sporting CP star. However, it’s Wolves who appear to be leading the chase.

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Newcastle linked with bid for Matheus Nunes

The midfielder is not a new target for Newcastle. We reportedly tried to sign him on loan in January 2021 when Steve Bruce was manager, and our interest continued into that summer.

Of course, Mike Ashley’s Newcastle were unable to complete a deal.

Fast forward to 2022 with new owners, and Nunes is once again a target. Foot Mercato claimed earlier this month that Newcastle had made an approach to sign him.

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He will reportedly cost around £52million, which would make him our most expensive signing ever. It would also make him Wolves’ record signing, and that is his most likely destination.

Not a priority right now

Nunes would be an excellent signing for Newcastle. He’s a progressive midfielder and a powerful runner who would compliment Bruno Guimaraes brilliantly.

However, another box office centre midfielder probably isn’t our priority right now. Landing a centre-back and a forward is much more pressing for Eddie Howe.

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The Magpies are looking to be meticulous with their transfer budget, so splashing out more than £50million on a midfielder perhaps wouldn’t be wise given the other areas that need improving.

If we can get our business done for our priority positions soon then it could be a different story. But given how long the deals for Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike are taking, a conclusion still doesn’t feel close.

That could force Newcastle to park their interest in Nunes for now, giving Wolves a clear run at the talent from Brazil.

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