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Manchester City Secure Transfer Of This Premier League Midfielder: What Will Add To Pep’s Side?

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It’s finally done! Matheus Nunes is now a Manchester City player. The Portuguese midfielder reportedly took a strong stance at Wolves by essentially refusing to play in order to facilitate his transfer to the Etihad Stadium. It appears that his efforts have finally paid off.

City have successfully negotiated a £53m deal for the 25-year-old, which does not involve any additional payments but does incorporate a 10 percent sell-on clause. Nunes is now set to journey to Manchester side for his medical examination before joining Pep Guardiola’s side.

Nunes’ Exceptional Debut Season In the Premier League

Nunes has etched an unforgettable impression at the Molineux Stadium, delivering a series of extraordinary displays in the heart of Wolves’ midfield. Throughout the ongoing campaign, the 24-year-old has participated in 29 matches for the West Midlands team, providing a lone assist across various competitions.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Brazilian midfielder Matheus Nunes (R) runs with the ball past Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on March 4, 2023. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

The young talent from Portugal has consistently stood out while orchestrating the team’s play from the midfield position. He maintains an average of 1.8 tackles, 0.9 clearances, 0.9 shots, 0.8 key passes, and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League action. Of particular note is his impressive passing precision, showcasing an 81.4% success rate in completed passes during league encounters (data sourced from whoscored).

What Will He Bring To Manchester City?

Nunes is a robust and athletic midfielder, characterised by impeccable timing and strategic positioning. His proficiency lies in effectively securing tackles and regaining possession for his team. Additionally, his adept passing skills enable him to create scoring opportunities for his teammates in the final third. His visionary prowess allows him to split the opposition with accurate passes, while his ability to embark on dynamic runs with the ball can catch most defensive off guard.

Nunes primarily operates as a box-to-box midfielder but his versatility extends to occupying roles as a defensive midfielder or even as a number 10. Notably, he has been earmarked as a replacement for Kevin De Bruyne following the latter being sidelined due to a hamstring injury for a couple of months.

Nunes’ qualities align well with Pep Guardiola’s possession style of play at the Etihad. Thus, his impending arrival at the Etihad Stadium is poised to have an immediate and positive impact. Unquestionably, he will bring City’s midfield department with heightened creativity and enhanced stability.

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