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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Wolves set to complete deal for Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho

Moutinho won Euro 2016 with Portugal in France.

Joao Moutinho played for Portugal at the World Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)
Joao Moutinho played for Portugal at the World Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

Wolves are close to signing Portugal international Joao Moutinho from Monaco.

The Premier League side have agreed a fee of around £5million for the 31-year-old, Press Association Sport understands.

Wolves are reportedly ready to offer the midfielder a two-year deal as they add to their squad ahead of their Premier League return next month.

Moutinho is expected to become Ruben Neves’ midfield partner at Molineux in an impressive coup for the club.

Moutinho won Euro 2016 with Portugal and has 113 international caps. He started Portugal’s opening two games of the World Cup this year.

The ex-Porto star is the third highest capped player in Portugal’s history behind Cristiano Ronaldo (154) and Luis Figo (127).

He also helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2017 having won the Europa League and three Primeira Ligas with Porto.

Moutinho will follow Portugal team-mate Rui Patricio to Molineux after the goalkeeper joined on a free transfer from Sporting Lisbon having terminated his contract after an attack by fans.

Sporting have complained to FIFA and want compensation for the 30-year-old.

Portuguese players Neves, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre are also at Molineux as the club utilise their relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes.

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