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Wolves closing in on Portuguese youngster labelled as ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’

The Championship club, who have already signed Ruben Neves during this window, are closing in on Atletico Madrid's Jota

Since when did Wolverhampton become the premier destination for Europe’s best young footballing talent?

Having already completed the signing of Ruben Neves from Porto, Wolves are now closing in on another prodigious Portuguese footballer.

Atletico Madrid forward Diogo Jota, who spent last season on loan at Porto, is closing in on a move to Wolves, according to the Express & Star.


From the Champions League against Juventus to the Championship against Burton

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From the Champions League against Juventus to the Championship against Burton

The report claims Jota will arrive on an initial season-long loan, with super-agent Jorge Mendes pulling the strings in the background.

Jota was a massive success at Porto last season, scoring eight goals and providing four assists in 27 league games.

Portuguese coach Jorge Simao, who coached Jota at Pacos Ferreira, even went as far as to liken the 20-year-old to a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Black Country’s CR7?

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The Black Country’s CR7?

Simao told O JOGO: “I almost was bold enough to say that Cristiano Ronaldo retires and Jota appears. He could be the successor to CR7.

“I’m not afraid to say it as I think it could happen. He has the potential for it.”

Jota is currently on the books of Atletico Madrid, having signed from Pacos in 2016, but he hasn’t made a single appearance in La Liga yet.

He’ll be the fifth Portuguese player in Wolves squad, joining Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro, Roderick Miranda, Ruben Vinagre and Neves.

How do you say ‘lump it up the f****** pitch’ in Portuguese?

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