Wolves Opinion: Why Nuno should go all out to sign Bruno Viana from Braga

According to a report from talkSPORT, Wolves are one of the English clubs interested in signing Braga defender Bruno Viana in the summer transfer window.

The Brazilian, 24, is enjoying a very good season with Braga, who are fourth in the Primeira Liga. He has made 27 appearances in the Primeira Liga for Braga so far this season, providing one assist in the process.

And Bruno Viana’s impressive performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with Leeds United, Leicester City and Watford also keen for his signature. The report adds any club wanting to sign the 24-year-old defender will have to pay between £8 million and £10 million when the transfer window re-opens in a few months’ time.

Bruno Viana Braga

That being said, Wolves must do everything possible to beat their English counterparts to Viana’s signing in the summer.

Wolves have been absolutely brilliant upon their return to the Premier League this season. The Midlands outfit spent big in the summer transfer window to try and build a squad capable of staying in the top flight for many years to come. And the move has worked to perfection so far, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s team firmly challenging for a place in the Europa League.

They are currently eighth on the table with 47 points having arguably been the best team out of the ‘Big Six’. Nuno Espirito Santo’s attacking players have deservedly won the plaudits but that exactly cannot be said of his team’s defence. Wolves’ well-drilled defence has conceded 39 goals in 32 games, which is an achievement when compared to the likes of other two promoted teams—Cardiff City and Fulham.

But in Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly, Wolves have very limited options in defence. Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker are capable of filling in when required, however, Nuno should target a specialist centre-half and Bruno Viana would certainly fit the bill.

Bruno Viana

Viana may not be a household name but he has performed really well since arriving at Braga in 2017, initially on loan from Olympiakos. Standing close to 6ft 2in, the Brazilian is a really solid, robust defender who is aerially very strong and has a decent turn of pace through the ground.

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He is likely to settle down in the Premier League quickly and his physicality coupled with his composure on the ball and tackling skills will make him an ideal fit at the Molineux.

Verdict

Bruno Viana has all the qualities to be a top defender and a move to Wolves could help him fulfill his true potential. And signing the Brazilian will undoubtedly bolster Nuno’s defensive ranks, whilst bringing a much-needed competition for Coady, Saiss and Boly.

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