21-year-old Sporting graduate signs deal until 2026
Left winger made his Portugal debut at end of last year
Wolves have signed the winger Chiquinho from Estoril for an initial fee of £2.9m. The Premier League side beat off competition from Benfica among others for the 21-year-old, who made his Portugal Under-21 debut in November last year.
The Wolves manager, Bruno Lage, sees the former Sporting youth academy player as one for the future but with the potential to have an impact this season already. A contract until 2026 has been agreed with an option for a further year. With add-ons the deal could reach £4.2m.
Chiquinho has three goals and three assists in 15 top-flight appearances in Portugal. He is lightning fast but is likely to take some time to get used to the more physical nature of the Premier League.
“It’s a big stadium and I feel a lot of fears because it’s a big team, but I will do my best for the club and enjoy playing here,” said Chiquinho. “I’m a very fast player and I do my best in the pitch. I like to do one-on-ones, and score goals.
“There’s a lot of good Portuguese players in Wolves, and I have been inspired by them. I will also take a lot of advice from them, so it’s good. “I want to achieve all I can because it’s a big opportunity for me. What I can do, I will do, so if I can score 10 or 20 goals, and if I can get six, 10 or 20 assists, then I will do.”
Wolves are eighth in the Premier League, only six points behind West Ham in fourth and with two games in hand. Lage’s side have hit a rich vein of form lately and are unbeaten in their five past games in all competition.