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One winner and one loser as Wolves close in on Joao Moutinho

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One winner and one loser as Wolves close in on Joao Moutinho

Wolves will make the Euro 2016 winner their ninth signing of the summer.

Wolves have had a terrific transfer window so far, and Nuno Espírito Santo will add another Portuguese international to his ever growing set up, by making Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho his ninth signing of the summer, according to Sky Sports.

The newly promoted side have agreed a £5 million fee for the vastly experienced Moutinho with the news coming as a shock to Wolves’ fans and Premier League followers alike.

Moutinho certainly has the pedigree to make an instant impression in the Premier League, and he will bring with him to Molineux an abundance of experience and knowledge that can only be used to the West Midlands club’ advantage.

Here at The Boot Room, we took a look at one winner and one loser in Moutinho’s move to Molineux.

Winner – Ruben Neves

It is likely Moutinho has been brought in to partner the incredibly talented youngster Ruben Neves in midfield and what a partnership that could turn out to be.

There’s no denying Neves’ talent. However, at 21 years of age, he still has a lot to learn about the game and who better to mentor the youngster than his fellow compatriot, Moutinho?


The 31-year-old has 113 caps for Portugal, the third most by any player ever from the country, a Euro 2016 winners medal, Europa League title, French league title and three Portuguese league titles to his name.

Neves will in no doubt benefit from having the vastly experienced Moutinho next to him in Wolves’ midfield next season, especially when the season reaches its crucial stages.

If Moutinho arrives, the Midlands outfit will have a potential perfect partnership that they and Neves can reap the rewards of.

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Loser – Romain Saiss

The Morrocan international is likely to lose his place in the starting XI due to Moutinho’s arrival, despite having what seemed to be a blossoming partnership with Ruben Neves in the Championship last season.

Saiss starred for Morroco in this summers World Cup. However, the natural defensive midfielder played in a centre-back role for his country and in the African sides group game against Spain showed he was more than capable of playing in the position; an exciting option for Wolves’ boss Nuno Espírito Santo to consider.

Nevertheless, it seems Saiss’ time partnering Neves in the centre of Wolves’ midfield has come to an end, for now.

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