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January swoop for Nakajima would push Cavaleiro closer to Wolves exit door

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January swoop for Nakajima would push Cavaleiro closer to Wolves exit door

Wolves already have a glittering array of talent on the wings so a January swoop for Shoya Nakajima may force one of Nuno Santo’s current options out of Molineux. Ivan Cavaleiro would be one of the most at risk…

Wolves are one of a number of Premier League clubs in the chase for Portimonense winger Shoya Nakajima in January, according to the Daily Mail. 

The 24-year-old has caught the eye with five goals in the Portuguese top flight this season, on the back of netting an impressive ten last time around.

Nakajima is a Japanese international and will not come cheap; he has a reported £35m release clause in his current contract, although the Old Gold may perhaps be able to engineer a cheaper deal due to Portimonense’s financial situation.

Leicester and Southampton are also apparently in the hunt for the dangerous wideman, but if Nuno Santo did manage to seal the deal for Nakajima, what would it mean for Wolves’ existing options?

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Ivan Cavaleiro was a hero of last season’s hugely impressive promotion campaign – he contributed nine goals and twelve assists as Wolves clinched the Championship title – but has slipped down the pecking order this time around.


Record signing Adama Traore’s summer arrival was a blow for the Portuguese, who has also found it tough to dislodge Diogo Jota and Helder Costa in Santo’s preferred 3-4-2-1 system.

Another big-money winger arriving at Molineux would push him closer to the exit door and there were rumblings that he would be on the move during the summer.

Nakajima may push Cavaleiro to take the plunge and there would be no shortage of suitors for such a dangerous and prolific winger.

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