Wolves are reportedly still keen on signing Goncalo Ramos in January, and the Portugal international could be the man to finally replace Diogo Jota at Molineux.
According to Portuguese news outlet Jornal de Noticias (via Sport Witness), after the centre-forward’s impressive campaign with his nation at the World Cup, a number of clubs are now keen on the 21-year-old in January, with Wolves set to reignite their interest from the summer.
However, the report suggests that Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain are also tracking the Benfica striker ahead of next month’s transfer window, with the Lisbon club unlikely to accept an offer below the forward’s significant €120m (£103m) release clause.
Ramos’ stock has undoubtedly risen over the past month after the young forward enjoyed a “remarkable” first-ever World Cup start, in the words of Gary Lineker, notching a hat-trick in Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland as he repaid Fernando Santos’ faith in him to start ahead of the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has also enjoyed a superb start to the 2022/23 campaign with Benfica, contributing nine goals and one assist in just 11 appearances in Portugal’s top flight, which has helped him to average a superb 7.33 rating from WhoScored.
Not only is this comfortably a better average than anyone in the Wolves squad, he has also scored more goals on his own than the Old Gold have managed as a whole in the Premier League, so it is easy to see why Lopetegui would want to bring him in.
Could Ramos replace Jota?
Should Ramos arrive at Molineux next month, he could prove to be the man to finally replace Jota in Wolves’ squad, as the Midlands club have arguably failed to replace the 26-year-old since his move to Liverpool in 2020.
The former Porto man was the top scorer for Wolves when they won the Championship in 2017/18, hitting 17 goals in shooting them into the top flight, while he regularly challenged Raul Jimenez at the top of the charts in the first two seasons in the Premier League, also finishing with six goals in their 2019/20 Europa League campaign.
Since his exit two years, not one player in Wolves’ squad has reached double figures in the league in a single campaign, and their goalscoring woes this term could be a massive factor in them possibly going down.
If Lopetegui wants to keep his new employers in the top flight, he may need to spend big on a goalscorer next month, and Ramos could be the ideal man.
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