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·10 June 2023

Al-Ittihad intensifying efforts to sign Joao Moutinho

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Newly-crowned Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad could soon add to their growing European contingent by landing more stars this summer.

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But their shopping spree in the Premier League doesn’t end there.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Al-Ittihad boss Nuno Espirito Santo has specifically requested the acquisition of long-serving Wolverhampton Wanderers stalwart Joao Moutinho.

The 36-year-old is Nuno’s midfield priority alongside Kante, as the pair worked together at Molineux for three years before the 49-year-old manager left at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Mourinho’s contract expires at the end of June, and the Portuguese boss hopes to lure his compatriot to the Middle East with a lucrative contract.

He joined Wolves from Monaco after the club secured Premier League promotion in 2018, becoming one of the club’s most significant figures on and off the field over the past five years.

During his five-year stint at Molineux, Moutinho tallied five goals and 25 assists in 212 appearances, growing into a fan favourite in the Midlands.

But despite his importance in the dressing room, Wolves won’t extend his contract due to his age.

Wolves issued a statement on their official website last week thanking Moutinho for his contribution in establishing the club as regular top-flight tenants.

Now it’s time for Moutinho to open the final chapter of his outstanding playing career.

The opportunity to share the dressing room with his prominent peers, such as Benzema and Kante, sounds too good to pass, especially with Nuno in the dugout.

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