Wolves linked with ‘new Ronaldo’ as Bruno Lage chases additions

The transfer rumour mill is in full flow and Wolverhampton Wanderers are being linked with new players on a daily basis.

Bruno Lage was appointed as Wolves’ new head coach earlier this month and begins his first managerial job in the Premier League at the beginning of July when the team reports back for pre-season.

Lage, along with Wolves’ leadership team of Jeff Shi, Scott Sellars and Matt Wild, have work to do in the transfer market before then to iron out a number of issues.

Several Wolves players including Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Adama Traore have already been linked with transfers away from Molineux and it’s set to be a busy summer of transfer activity.

But what about potential incomings? Here’s a look at the players who’ve been linked so far…

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Patricio’s replacement

There’s been lots of speculation over the future of Patricio and Roma are keen to sign him this summer. Wolves’ back-up goalkeeper John Ruddy is mulling over a new contract so the club could have two vacancies between the sticks.

Patricio’s compatriot Jose Sa has been tipped to replace the goalkeeper as Wolves’ number one. Olympiakos stopper Sa has been linked with Wolves previously and, according to various reports, is the leading contender to succeed Patricio if he joins Roma.

Wolves are also reported to be interested in Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

That’s according to the Daily Mail who report Premier League outfits Wolves and Tottenham are looking to capitalise on the Blades’ relegation to the Championship.

Palhinha pops up again

Sporting midfielder Joao Palhinha was heavily linked with a move to Wolves last summer but it failed to materialise.

He stayed at Sporting and became a key player as they claimed their first Primeira Liga title since 2002.

Speculation is again mounting over his future though and, according to A Bola, Wolves have ‘set aside’ a portion of their budget to make a move for Palhinha.

The midfielder is currently involved in Portugal’s Euro 2020 camp alongside Wolves players Patricio, Nelson Semedo, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.

Portuguese journalist Luis Cristovao told us: “He can play in a two-man midfield too, so he’s not only a defensive player. I see Palhinha as a Premier League player and he has the qualities to play in that level.

“I really think that if he goes to Wolverhampton he can be a big surprise.”

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: The Wolverhampton Wanderers club badge during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on May 9, 2021 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

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Alena ‘wants to stay at Barcelona’

Wolves also reportedly hold an interest in Barcelona’s 23-year-old midfielder Carles Alena.

Alena spent last season on loan at Getafe and scored twice in 22 appearances as they avoided relegation from La Liga.

However, he’s now reportedly surplus to requirements at Barcelona and Molineux has been touted as a potential destination. Barcelona would want around £7million for Alena but according to Grada3 the midfielder is reluctant to leave his boyhood club.

Wolves linked with 'new Ronaldo' as Bruno Lage chases additions

Wolves an ‘option’ for Rafael Leao

Portuguese striker Rafael Leao is another player who has been linked with Wolves regularly over the last two years and the 22-year-old’s name is being mentioned again.

According to Calciomercato, Wolves are vying with Everton – who could soon be managed by Nuno Espirito Santo – for Leao’s signature.

The Italian website states ‘all the clues lead to the Premier League’ for Leao, who netted six goals in 30 Serie A games for AC Milan last term.

The report says Milan ‘will only consider offers over €30million’ for Leao.

Benfica youngster linked

Benfica’s Gonçalo Ramos is also reportedly on Wolves’ radar this summer. The 19-year-old striker has a whopping €120million release clause, despite only playing 93 minutes in the Portuguese top flight last term, and is believed to have interest from England.

O Jogo (via Sport Witness) claims Wolves are one of the interested clubs but adds that Ramos won’t command a fee close to his release clause.

Ramos has primarily played for Benfica’s B team over the past two seasons but he has scored four times for the senior team. He’s well known to new Wolves boss Lage, who coached in Benfica’s youth set-up before stepping up to first team level in 2019.

Lage wants ‘new Ronaldo’

In addition to Ramos Wolves have been linked with Brazilian centre-forward Kaio Jorge, who is also just 19.

The Santos striker has been likened to Brazilian icon Ronaldo and scored four times in 28 league games last season.

A Bola claims Lage is an admirer of Jorge and that Wolves have ‘already made a formal proposal in the region of €15million’ to sign him.

Jorge has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea in the past and looks set to move to Europe at some stage in the near future.

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