Wolves Close on Benfica Star With Goalkeeper Deal Imminent


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Wolverhampton Wanderers Portuguese contingent is set to increase according to the Birmingham Mail.

Their target is Pizzi, Benfica’s 28-year-old midfielder, whose ties to Jorge Mendes will smooth the passage of the deal.

Capped 11 times by his native Portugal, Pizzi joined the Eagles in 2012 from Sporting Braga. Since then, he made 172 appearances for the Primeira Division giants, scoring 33 goals. Four of those were netted in the first two games of this season, bringing him firmly to the attention of the Wolves scouts.

Despite signing Joao Moutinho from Monaco in the summer, Nuno Espirito Santi is keen to strengthen his midfield. With Ruben Neves’ form linking him to Manchester City this winter, signing Pizzi makes sense as the old gold fight for their Premier League survival.

Wolves are also understood to have reached a deal with Sporting Clube over the signing of Rui Patricio, 30. The goalkeeper terminated his contract with the Portuguese club following an aggravated assault on the players by supporters at the training ground.

Patricio moved to Molineux before the World Cup finals, leaving Sporting furious. They began action to CAS for dispute resolution but have, according to reports, accepted a €20m settlement from Wolves.