Wolves have again made progress in their attempts to sign Joao Palhinha this summer, with a fresh transfer rumour revealing Bruno Lage has green lit the deal.
The Lowdown: Endless Palhinha links
No player has been linked with a move to Molineux more often than Palhinha in recent weeks, with the Sporting CP midfielder endlessly on Wanderers’ radar.
The 26-year-old has shone in the middle of the park this season but it seems likely that he will look for a fresh challenge during the summer transfer window given the amount of suitors from top European leagues, namely Tottenham and Wolves.
Wolves have certainly been at the front of the queue regarding a move and a new update suggests nothing has changed, in that respect.
The Latest: Fresh rumour emerges
According to Correio da Manha [via Sport Witness], Wolves’ move for Palhinha has been given ‘the approval’ from Lage, who sees him as a perfect replacement for Ruben Neves, whose likely exit is also mentioned in the report.
Any move is ‘pending to the offer’ from Wanderers, with Sporting demanding €30million (£25.4m) for their player’s services.
The Verdict: Move feels likely
With each passing week, the more it feels as though Palhinha will end up being a Wolves player next season, given the relentlessness of their pursuit.
There has been rumoured interest from others, including an ever-improving Spurs side, which is a worry, but the Portuguese connection at Molineux could sway his thinking.
While Palhinha is known for his class on the ball – he had an 87.8% pass completion rate in the Primeira Liga this season – his average of three tackles per game is greater than any Wolves player, showing what an impressive all-round footballer he is.
In other news, one Wolves hero has been linked with a summer exit. Find out who it is here.
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