Date: 9th January 2020 at 9:00pm
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A ‘formal offer’ has been made by Wolves for the signing of Gedson Fernandes, according to reports in Portugal.

With Jorge Mendes being Gedson’s agent, it should perhaps not come as much of a surprise to see the two linked, with the young Portuguese player looking likely to leave the club in the near future.

Reports from the Portuguese outlet Record (via Sport Witness) claim that Wolves made a ‘formal offer’ for the player, however, the bid was refused as Benfica reportedly want €40m.

More positively, it is stated that Benfica’s club president Luis Filipe Vieira is keen on him joining Wolves, as they are said to be offering cash upfront, rather than a loan to purchase option which has been talked about elsewhere.

Wanderers are now expected to return with an improved bid.

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After the club reportedly made a €35m bid in the summer, the player’s value has still gone up, despite not really playing as much football this season as he did in the last.

Nevertheless, he is hot property this month, and there has been a barrage of rumours coming from plenty of different sources that suggest he will be leaving the Portuguese capital this month.

One of which has been Sky Sports. They claim that Chelsea made an offer for an 18-month loan deal which would have an obligation to buy for £55m – money a lot different to what Record are suggesting.

Another Sky report states that West Ham have in fact agreed a deal in principle to sign the 20-year-old. In this story, they say that the Hammers’ initial bid was an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £33m, though the fee for the alleged ‘agreed’ deal is not mentioned.

Perhaps negatively for Wolves, Sky claim the midfielder would prefer a move to London for family reasons.

Sport Witness say that the reason for such contrasting rumours is due to the fact that he is surrounded by a number of agents. It’s claimed that Pini Zahavi and Miguel Pinho have also been linked to Fernandes, so that could explain the different messages flying around.

Considering the interest from the Premier League, it would be some impressive business if they could get him to the club. That said, at the prices being thrown around at the moment, they could be better off getting someone who is more likely to make an instant impact, rather than a player for the future.

 

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