Portuguese media have suggested that Wolves will have to pay four times the amount they originally offered to try and sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Molineux over the summer, with the West Midlands outfit being one of two Premier League clubs that are interested in his services, including Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United (per A Bola, via SB Nation).
Palhinha, who plays as a defensive midfielder, has five years left on his contract and has scored two goals from 22 appearances for Leões (TransferMarkt).
According to A Bola (via Sport Witness), Wolves were suggested to have been the club that were most interested in the 6 foot 2 middle man’s services, having tried to capture him in the summer with a €15m (£13.5m) price tag on his head at the time.
But they added that after a ‘concrete move’ for Palhinha never materialised, Sporting Lisbon now consider him to be ‘non-negotiable’, and will now demand the €60m (£54.1m) from his release clause before they think about letting him leave the Liga NOS outfit.
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Whatever happened in the summer, it appears that Wolves did not consider the player a make or break target, having not made an official offer.
But the fact that they will now have to pay four times the sum of money for the player may further deter their interest if there is any that still remains.
Wolves fans will be familiar with Palhinha after their side came up against him during their Europa League thriller against Sporting Braga last season – his former club.
While the awareness for Palhinha is there, it’s up to Molineux club to make their move on the proverbial chessboard.
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