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From Fabrizio Romano: Manchester City confident of signing Matheus Nunes after submitting second bid



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Manchester City are confident of completing a deal to sign Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes after submitting a new bid.

The treble-winners are looking to sign a new midfielder during the remaining days of the summer transfer window after Kevin De Bruyne suffered a serious hamstring injury, ruling the 32-year-old out until 2024.

Manchester City had looked set to complete an £85 million deal for West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta, however a proposed transfer dramatically collapsed amid an FA investigation into the Brazil international.

Matheus Nunes and Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze emerged as the Blues’ latest midfielder targets, with Manchester City seeing an opening bid for Nunes rejected by Wolves last week.

Nunes featured in 41 matches during his debut campaign at Wolves, after moving to Molineux for a club-record £38 million fee from Sporting Lisbon last summer.

Manchester City saw an opening bid of €50m plus €5m add-ons rejected, but have now returned with a new offer for the Portugal international.

Fabrizio Romano exclusively reports that Manchester City are ‘confident’ of completing a deal after launching a new bid for Matheus Nunes, worth around €60m with add-ons.

The Sky Blues are ‘optimistic’ about making the 24-year-old their fourth addition of the summer, having previously agreed personal terms with the player.

Speaking earlier week, Wolves manager Gary O’Neil didn’t rule out the midfielder leaving Wolves during the final days of the window.

“If Manchester City come calling, most people in world football are going to be interested in that,” said the newly-appointed Wolves boss.

“But Matheus [Nunes] understands the contract situation. He understands the club’s stance, he’s part of the group until he isn’t.”

Manchester City have already signed three players this summer, with Jeremy Doku’s £55.4 million move from Rennes last week, the Blues’ latest completed deal.