Wolves miss out on two more targets, £16m and £2.5m deals reportedly agreed

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Wolves look set to miss out on two more midfield targets with the Premier League-linked Enzo Fernandez and Guilherme Guedes heading to Benfica and Almeria respectively, according to Fabrizio Romano and A Bola. 

With Ruben Neves potentially on his way, Joao Moutinho yet to sign a new deal and Leander Dendoncker another candidate to depart, the pressure is on as Wolverhampton Wanderers look to bring in much-needed midfield reinforcements before their opening weekend trip to Leeds United on August 6. 

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But, after seemingly missing out to Fulham for long-term transfer target Joao Palhinha – the Sporting Lisbon colossus who is reportedly set to sign a four-year deal worth £40,000-a-week at Craven Cottage in the coming days – it seems Bruno Lage will have no choice but to strike a line through two more names on his summer wishlist. 

Benfica land Wolves target Enzo Fernandez

Mathew Hobbs, Wolves chief scout and head of recruitment, was due at the River Plate offices this week to negotiate a deal for Enzo Fernandez. Labelled the finest footballer in Argentina – and that includes his Etihad-bound River team-mate Julian Alvarez – Wolves were expected to trigger his release clause. 

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Unfortunately, it seems Lage’s former employers – Portuguese giants Benfica – have got there first. According to the all-seeing Romano, Benfica and River have reached an agreement over a £16 million fee. 

And, just to rub salt in the wounds, Guilherme ‘Gui’ Guedes will not be arriving at Molineux anytime soon either. Wolves recently held talks with the 20-year-old, a Portugal youth star who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes. 

But Guedes, a client of Jorge Mendes, is on his way to Spain instead. Newly-promoted Almeria, a side with the backing of a Saudi Arabian billionaire, will sign Guedes for an initial £2.5 million. A Bola claims that Fulham are also keen. 

At least the Cottagers – unlike Wolves – can console themselves with the impending arrival of one of Europe’s finest defensive midfielders. 

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