The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Ivan Cavaleiro on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 25-year-old has agreed a season-long deal with the Whites, and the Club holds the option to make the transfer permanent next summer.
An exciting winger who is comfortable on either flank – and can also play centrally – Cavaleiro was an integral part of the Wolves side that won the Sky Bet Championship in 2017/18.
In his 42 matches that season, Cavaleiro scored nine times and laid on a further 12 assists for his teammates as Wolves claimed the title in style.
That was his second season at Molineux, and he also managed to reach double figures for goals and assists in his maiden campaign as well.
A change in formation lessened Cavaleiro’s opportunities last season in the Premier League, but he still managed to find the back of the net three times. In total, he scored 19 goals and claimed 20 assists in his 106 games for Wolves.
Speaking to fulhamfc.com, Cavaleiro said:
“I’m really happy to be here and sign for Fulham. This is a big and respected club in England and through the rest of the world. Fulham has been involved in a European final, so it holds great pedigree. This is a good opportunity for me to grow as a player as well so I’m very happy to be here and I’m excited to be meeting everyone today.”
Tony Khan added:
“Ivan Cavaleiro is a great and important addition to Fulham Football Club. Ivan’s been a top target for Fulham for several years. He’s an excellent attacking player who, like so many of our experienced squad, has made a great contribution to a Championship side that achieved promotion to the Premier League. I’m thrilled that we have been able to work with Wolves and Ivan and his representatives to negotiate this deal to bring Ivan Cavaleiro to Craven Cottage. Come on Fulham!”
After coming through the Benfica academy and starring for their B team, Cavaleiro made his debut for the senior team in a cup tie in October 2013, and impressed his manager so much that he was involved again in their Champions League tie against Olympiakos a few days later.
Benfica ended up dropping out of the Champions League but excelled in the Europa League, with Cavaleiro part of the team that reached the 2014 Final where they lost on penalties to Sevilla.
The following campaign he enjoyed a season in La Liga, playing 34 times while on loan at Deportivo de La Coruna.
His performances in Spain caught the attentions of AS Monaco, who brought him to Ligue 1 on a permanent deal for a sizeable transfer fee. He made his debut in a Champions League qualifier against BSC Young Boys, and netted his first goal for the club in the reverse leg a week later.
Cavaleiro only spent one year in France before Wolves came calling, with the West Midlanders parting with a reported club record fee for his services.
A regular for Portugal throughout the age groups, Cavaleiro is now a full international having made his debut for the senior side in February 2014.