WOLVES remain confident a deal for Joao Palhinha will come across the line – despite Fulham’s later attempts to hijack the deal.
However, there are growing concerns that wanton midfielder Ruben Neves will have to leave the Midlands club to avoid further delays this summer.
SunSport reported earlier this month that Sporting Lisbon midfielder Palhinha had agreed to join Wolves on a long-term deal for around £20million.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage sees Palhinha, 26, as the perfect replacement for £50million-rated Neves, 25, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United and Barcelona this window.
Portugal international Palhinha – who has also been pursued by Man United – was set to complete his move to Wolves following recent Nations League games.
But newly-promoted Fulham, led by Portugal manager Marco Silva, have used the last week to try and lure Palhinha to Craven Cottage – delaying progress slightly.
However, SunSport understand Fulham’s offer is significantly less than the offer Wolves accepted and should not derail the move.
Another stumbling block to bringing Palhinha to Molineux was Neves’ future.
Neves has a contract with Wolves until 2024 but has made it clear he wants to play at a higher level and is awaiting a suitable offer from a top European side.
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Lage would like to get rid of Neves’ headache one way or another as soon as possible, either by letting him go or by convincing him to stay another season.
The latter is unlikely, if not impossible, and there are frustrations at Wolves that the situation at Neves could see future negotiations – including Palhinha – slowed down as a result.
Both Palhinha and Neves are clients of super agent Jorge Mendes, who is at the center of both moves.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5557083/wolves-joao-palhinha-transfer-replacement-ruben-neves-fulhams-hijack/ Wolves are confident of Joao Palhinha joining as a replacement for Man Utd target Ruben Neves despite Fulham attempts to hijack him