Wolves have agreed a club record £38 million fee with Sporting for Matheus Nunes and are now hopeful of convincing the Portugal international to complete the move.
Personal terms are yet to be agreed but Wolves are increasingly confident that Nunes could fly into the UK later this week and put the finishing touches to what would be a significant deal for Bruno Lage.
Wolves have been in negotiations to sign the 23-year-old for weeks and have taken a huge step forward after triggering his release clause at Sporting.
Nunes is a client of agent Jorge Mendes, who has close links to Wolves through his company Gestifute and was present at Molineux on Saturday for the 0-0 draw with Fulham.
West Ham have already seen an ambitious move to land the attacking midfielder rejected in this transfer window, but Nunes is now seriously considering the option of joining Bruno Lage’s squad.
Nunes will take Wolves’ summer spend towards the £90 million mark, after the arrivals of Gonçalo Guedes from Valencia and Nathan Collins from Burnley, if he completes the move.
He will become the latest Portuguese addition in a dressing room which includes the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Nelson Semedo and Pedro Neto.
Wolves are still hopeful that Neves will sign a new contract and the capture of Nunes is not regarded as a replacement.
Lage and his team return to action this weekend with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur.