Mendes plotting sensational cross-Midlands switch for Wolves boss Espirito Santo
Super agent Jorge Mendes is plotting a sensational Premier League switch for Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, according to a report.
Mendes is believed to be of the thinking that the time may be right for Espirito Santo, 47, to move from Molineux and Villa Park looks an option for the Portuguese coach. That is the verdict from Football Insider, who claim a Wolves source has told them that Mendes is keen for Nuno to take over at a club with greater finances.
Espirito Santo has been linked with the Tottenham job, but Villa re understood to be the strongest option for Espirito Santo. Wolves have struggled to hit the heights of last season and sit 12th, just three points behind Villa.
That is a big climbdown from the last few seasons when they hit 57 and 59 points to finish seventh in successive seasons. But the report claims Wolves’ transfer spend may not be the same as in similar years and Mendes is keen to progress the career of Espirito Santo.
The former Porto boss has presided over the most successful period in Wolves’ modern history and his stock remains relatively high.
The outlet report that Villa boss Dean Smith’s long-term position “is not believed to be secure”.
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Smith signed a new four-year contract in November 2019 after succeeding Steve Bruce in October 2018. The Villa fan has until 2023 on his current deal.
However, the club’s billionaire owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris are understood to have big ambitions for the Villans.
The club’s accounts between May 31, 2019 and May 31, 2020 have shown how Sawiris and Edens pumped in £126.4m.
That type of financial backing enabled Villa to invest £155m in players after promotion last season.
In fact Birmingham Live have reported that Sawiris and Edens have pumped approximately £400m into the club since 2018.
They certainly seem willing to put the cash into the Midlands outfit, and if Mendes gets his way Espirito Santo could be next on the payroll.
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