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Wolves dealt huge Joao Palhinha transfer blow

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been dealt a huge blow regarding Joao Palhinha ahead of the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

In recent comments cited by Portuguese publication Record (via Birmingham Live), the Sporting Lisbon midfielder, with whom Wolves were heavily linked during the summer, revealed that he is hoping to put pen to paper on a new deal with his current club in the coming weeks, all but ruling out Bruno Lage’s reported interest in a move for the 26-year-old this winter.

In his comments, Palhinha said: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask the chairman [regarding his contract extension]. I would like to renew my contract, you know perfectly. I’m in the national team and I shouldn’t even be talking on a personal level. People know perfectly well what [Sporting Lison] means to me.”

Would Palhinha have been a good signing for Wolves?

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Lage will be gutted

Considering just how impressive Palhinha has been for Sporting so far this season, as well as Wolves’ lack of depth in the middle of the park, the news that the Portugal ace does not seem to be open to a January switch to Molineux is sure to have left Lage gutted.

Indeed, over his 11 Liga Bwin appearances this term, the £18.9m-rated gem has scored two goals and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking 1.5 shots and making 0.5 key passes per game.

The defensive midfielder has also excelled in metrics more typical of his position, making 0.9 interceptions and four tackles – more than any other player in the Portuguese top flight – and winning a whopping 9.8 duels per fixture.

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These returns have seen the player who Ruben Amorim dubbed a “special” talent average a SofaScore match rating of 7.25, ranking him as the joint 18th-best performer in the league.

As such, it is clear to see that the £24k-per-week midfielder would have made an exceptional addition to Lage’s options in the heart of his Wolves side. However, following his latest comments, the possibility of Palhinha making a switch to Molineux now appears extremely slim, which will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to the Wolves manager.

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