WOLVES have reportedly agreed an astonishing £17.5million deal to sign Porto midfielder Ruben Neves.
Chelsea and Liverpool have both shown an interest in the 20-year-old.
But Portuguese newspaper O Jogo believe that Neves’ move to Wolves is all but done.
And it appears that Jorge Mendes’ ties with the club’s Chinese owners have helped swing the deal.
Mendes’ client has captained Porto a number of times, but endured a fall from grace last season.
Neves – who has been dubbed the ‘new Paul Scholes’ in his homeland – previously had a £35m price tag.
But after playing just half of the Portuguese giants’ games last season, his price appears to have almost halved with it.
One high-profile meltdown last season encapsulated his frustrations.
Neves appeared set to be brought on against Roma before being told to get back on the bench by boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Twice-capped Neves then broke down in tears.
And he now seems set for a move to the Championship to work under Espirito Santo again.
Born in Mozelos in the Aveiro District of Portugal, Neves was earmarked from a young age as a player with potential and joined Porto’s youth set-up as an eight-year-old.
He was loaned to local club Padroense for the 2012/13 season and returned to the Dragons the following season, impressing for the Under-17 side.
Neves’ star continued to rise as he played a key role for Portugal at the 2014 Under-17 European Championships in Malta.
Skipper of the side, Neves scored twice in seven appearances as Portugal were beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winners England with his performances earning a place in the Team of the Tournament.
Success on the international stage proved the start of a breakthrough campaign for the deep-lying midfielder.
Neves was called up to Julen Lopetegui’s first-team squad after injury to Mikel Agu and the sale of Fernando to Manchester City.
And he impressed the current Spain boss enough to remain with the main group for the start of the campaign.
In fact, Neves did so well he was handed a start against Maritimo on the opening weekend of the season.
As if that wasn’t memorable enough, he scored after just 11 minutes to become the youngest scorer in the club’s history, aged 17 and five months, eclipsing Porto legend Fernando Gomes.