After a quiet start to the transfer window, Wolves have broken their transfer record to sign teenager Fabio Silva.

The 18-year-old has arrived for £35.6 million (BBC) from Porto.

So who is Fabio Silva and what could he bring to Molineux?

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Here are five facts about the Wolves new-boy…

  1. He is the youngest player ever to make a league appearance for Porto, having made his debut in August 2019 aged just 17 years and 22 days.
  2. Silva is a striker with just 182 minutes of Portuguese top flight action under his belt, scoring once, against Familicao in October.
  3. He has represented Portugal at youth level from Under 15 through to Under 19, and scored in the 2019 Under 17 European Championship.
  4. Silva comes from footballing stock. His dad, Jorge, was a midfielder who made two appearances for Portugal, and his older brother was on the books at Lazio.
  5. He is something of a Football Manager wonderkid, prompting the below tweet when his move to Wolves was announced…

What they say

Executive Chairman of Wolves, Jeff Shi, told the club’s official website how delighted he was to land Silva.

“You only need several minutes to see his natural football talent. In recent years, Fabio has been developing very fast and now has proven himself in Porto’s first team.

“Our head coach’s requirement for quality is very high, but he thinks Fabio is an important signing who will help the team immediately this season.

“The timing of this deal is similar to the timing of when we bought Ruben Neves; we’ve waited for the right time to get a high-quality player at the right price.”

The mention of Neves is interesting, as it was the midfielder who held the record as Porto’s youngest player in European competition, before Silva faced Young Boys last September.

The pricetag and move to the Premier League creates great expectation on an inexperienced player, but Wolves are certainly excited by Silva.

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