Bruno Lage will be appointed as Wolves’ new manager on Thursday to replace Nuno Espirito Santo… and the club hierarchy prepares for Arsenal’s bid for Ruben Neves
- Wolves are in the final stages of making Bruno Lage their new manager
- He has English football experience after working as an assistant to Carlos Carvalhal
- Lage, 45, is two years younger than predecessor Santo and gets paid less
- Wolf hierarchy braces for Arsenal bid for Ruben Nevesve
Bruno Lage is expected to be confirmed as Wolves’ new manager on Thursday.
Sports post made the first mention of the Molineux club’s interest in Lage last month when they announced that his compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo would be leaving after four years as manager.
The deal is expected to close in the coming hours, with Lage set to put pen to paper after receiving international clearance to work in the UK last week.
Wolves are about to confirm Bruno Lage as new head coach, coming from Benfica
The former Benfica boss will have a salary lower than Nuno, whose potential earnings would be around £10m when he signed a new three-year deal last summer.
Lage, like Nuno a client of agent Jorge Mendes, has experience with English football having worked as assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at both Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday.
He won the Portuguese title with Benfica in 2019, but left the club the following summer.
Wolves have said goodbye to Nuno Espirito Santo, who is reportedly on his way to Crystal Palace
Lage will start working with his team on July 5 when Wolves returns for pre-season preparation.
His role will likely not be as broad as Nuno’s, with chairman Jeff Shi, technical director Scott Sellars and operations manager Matt Wild in charge of transfers and contracts.
That trio are anticipating a hefty offer from Arsenal for midfielder Ruben Neves, who is looking to sell Wolves this summer to fund the squad’s rebuilding after a disappointing 2019-2020 season.
Neves is currently gearing up for Euro 2020 with Portugal and Wolves are seeking a fee comparable to the club’s record £41million they received from Liverpool for Diogo Jota last year.
Wolves chiefs expect an imminent offer from Arsenal for Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves