Exciting young midfielder, who has attracted Premier League interest in recent seasons, has signed a four-year deal with Latics after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Peterborough United.
- Wigan Athletic sign Leonardo Da Silva Lopes from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee
- 19-year-old has been subject to Premier League interest in recent seasons but has agreed to a four-year deal at the DW Stadium
- Chairman David Sharpe: “This is a really exciting acquisition for us and I’d like to place on record my thanks to Darragh MacAnthony and Barry Fry at Peterborough for their respective parts in this deal.”
We are delighted to confirm the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Leonardo Da Silva Lopes from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.
Da Silva Lopes, who has signed a four-year-deal at the DW Stadium, has attracted interest from Premier League clubs since bursting onto the scene at the age of 16 when he made his Posh debut in a League One win over Crawley Town.
Since that debut, the skilful midfielder has made 108 appearances in all competitions for the Posh.
Born in Lisbon, Da Silva Lopes has also been involved with Portugal U21 squads despite just turning 19 midway through last season.
An incredibly exciting prospect, manager Paul Cook said:
“Leo has been one of the best young players in the EFL over the past couple of seasons, this is a really strong addition to our squad.
“I am looking forward to working with Leo and believe he will embrace the challenge of Championship football here at Wigan Athletic.
“Everyone has to remember Leo is just 19 and has his best years ahead of him but he certainly has the foundations to become a top level player.
“Thanks to the Chairman for his work in getting this deal completed so early in the window, which will give Leo the chance to come in and work with us straight away in pre-season.”
Chairman David Sharpe said:
“This is a really exciting acquisition for us and I’d like to place on record my thanks to Darragh MacAnthony and Barry Fry at Peterborough for their respective parts in this deal.”