Wolverhampton Wanderers complete signing of Portuguese winger ‘Chiquinho’ from Estoril

He becomes Wolves’ second January signing following Grasshopper Zurich midfielder Hayao Kawabe through the door

Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signing of Portuguese midfielder ‘Chiquino’ from G.D. Estoril Praia on a four-year contract.

The 21-year-old has joined for a fee reported to be in the region of £3million and will provide competition in Wolves’ already strong forward department.

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At a glance: 5 key points

  • Chiquinho’s real name is Francisco Jorge Tavares Oliveira
  • The 21-year-old has citizenship in both Portugal and Cape Verde but is currently capped by the Portuguese under 21s
  • Predominantly a left-winger, he has also been deployed on the right so far in his young career
  • He spent the majority of his youth career with Sporting Lisbon before joining Estoril in 2019 where he has remained since
  • Chiquinho has scored four goals and provided six assists in 20 appearances so far this season including three of each in Liga Bwin

What’s been said

Wolves’ Technical Director Scott Sellars:

“Chiquinho is a young, exciting and talented player who has been performing very well in the Portuguese leagues during the past few seasons, and if he keeps progressing the way he has done, we believe he can develop into an excellent signing.

“We’ve brought a lot of gifted youngsters from Portugal during the past five years, and many of those have gone on to further their careers and achieve great things here, and we hope the same will happen with Chiquinho.

“With all young players, we have to be patient as he’s got to get used to playing in a new country and a new environment. But we will integrate him into the first-team group, and by learning from Bruno, the staff, and his new teammates, we hope he can make the kind of impact we believe he has the potential to achieve.”

FC Porto's Brazilian defender Wendell (L) kicks Estoril's Portuguese forward Chiquinho during the Portuguese league football match between GD Estoril Praia and FC Porto at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota stadium in Estoril

Chiquinho:

“I’m very excited, but I feel a lot of pressure because it’s a big team, it’s a big club, but it is more important that I come here and do my best.

“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.

“I’m a very fast player and I do my best in the pitch. I like to do one-on-ones, and score goals. That’s the most important thing and I think all the players think like this.

“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.”

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