Wolverhampton Wanderers are considering a move to bring Joao Palhinha to Molineux this summer.
That’s according to a number of reports by Portuguese publications (via Sport Witness), who claim that Bruno Lage is keeping a very close eye on the performances of the Sporting Lisbon midfielder at Euro 2020 ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
According to one report, Sporting have set Palhinha’s asking price at a figure of €30m (£26m), although the Liga NOS champions are not believed to have lost all hope of keeping the player on their books this summer, despite the significant amount of interest reported from a host of Premier League clubs.
Considering just how impressive Palhinha was for Sporting last season, in addition to turning in a fine display for Portugal against world champions France at Euro 2020, Wolves interest in a move for the 25-year-old come as hardly surprising news.
Indeed, over his 32 Primeira Liga appearances for Ruben Amorim’s side last term, the £16.2m-rated defensive midfielder averaged 1.5 interceptions, 3.3 tackles and 1.2 clearances and won a whopping 9.1 duels per game.
These returns saw Palhinha earn a highly impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.12, ranking him as Sporting’s sixth-best performer in the Portuguese top flight as he played a huge role in helping the Leoes win their first Liga NOS title for 19 years.
These displays also saw the 25-year-old earn a call up to Fernando Santos’ Portugal squad for Euro 2020, with Palhinha coming on as a half-time substitute in the 2-2 draw with France, a game in which the midfielder made three tackles and won seven duels, earning him a SofaScore match rating of 7.3 – the second-best rating of any Portuguese player in the fixture, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.
As such, it would very much appear that the man whom Amorim dubbed a “special” player would be a fantastic addition to Lage’s options in midfield at Wolves next season, leading us to believe the 45-year-old should do all he can to convince Palhinha of a move to Molineux this summer.