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Manchester City and Wolves re-negotiate Matheus Nunes transfer fee following late night conversations



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Matheus Nunes has seen his transfer fee re-negotiated to a higher valuation following late night talks between Manchester City and Wolves on Wednesday.

The two Premier League clubs have been locked in negotiations over the past few weeks, after the reigning top-flight champions were forced to refocus their attentions following the collapse of a potential deal for West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta.

Whilst there was an initial insistence from the part of Wolves not to sell Matheus Nunes this summer, the desires of the player to move to the Etihad Stadium ultimately proved decisive, as the Portuguese midfielder refused to train or play for Gary O’Neil’s squad.

On Wednesday, it was widely reported that the two clubs had finally reached an initial verbal agreement on a €55 million transfer for the 25-year-old midfielder. However, it has since emerged that re-negotiations have taken place over night.

That is according to the information of The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who reveals that Manchester City and Wolves have now reached a final agreement on a new €62million fee for Matheus Nunes, with no add-ons included in the deal.

It is however detailed that Wolves have retained their own sell-on agreement in the deal, and as such the Molineux club will receive 10 per cent of any profit Manchester City make on Matheus Nunes in the future, should the Portugal international be sold.

Elsewhere, it is further reminded that Manchester City midfielder Tommy Doyle is heading in the opposite direction in a separate negotiation, joining Wolves on an initial season-long loan with a £5 million option to buy.

David Ornstein confirms that Manchester City will receive a staggering 50 per cent of any profit Wolves make if they sell the 21-year-old in the future.

Manchester City were ultimately forced into the transfer market through several factors in the last few weeks, but none more so than the injury sustained by Kevin De Bruyne during the opening Premier League game of the new season.

The Belgium international captain was forced to withdraw early into a 0-3 away win at Burnley on gameweek one, and underwent surgery on the hamstring injury to prevent reoccurrences of the problem throughout the season.

De Bruyne is now facing a lengthy lay-off this season and may not return to the first-team picture until early 2024, meaning the arrival of Matheus Nunes will certainly be a necessary compliment to Pep Guardiola’s options.

Manchester City have also seen Ilkay Gundogan leave the club this summer, after the Germany international left the Etihad Stadium upon the expiry of his contract, joining FC Barcelona on a free transfer.