Bruno Lage will be panicking to get a deal done for Sporting Lisbon star Joao Palhinha as an update on the Wolves target has emerged.
That’s according to journalist Ryan Taylor, who said: “As I was to say about Palhinha, I’m not sure Wolves are ready to jump back in, but they would have to do so in the next two days – probably the next crucial hours, really.”
Wolves will be looking at improving on their tenth-placed finish in last season’s Premier League and with the quality of players who Lage is reportedly keen on, such as Palhinha, Matheus Nunes, and Takumi Minamino, it could well be an excellent season ahead.
Nothing is guaranteed, however, and there are plenty of other clubs who are keen on signing these targets too, with Fulham fighting tooth and nail to prevent Wolves from signing Palhinha.
His stats prove why he is in high demand. Despite playing in a defensive midfield position usually, he demonstrated his attacking ability by netting three times last season, and with Wolves scoring only 38 times in the league, goals from anywhere will be crucial.
The player ranked eighth in the Sporting squad with a score of 7.03 as per WhoScored and achieved an 87.8% pass success rate, which would have placed him second in the Wolves squad for players who made over five appearances, showing that he could make an immediate impact.
The 26-year-old won an impressive three tackles per match, made one interception per game, and was only dribbled past on average 0.9 times.
Lage will need to act fast to get this deal over the line and these stats prove that Palhinha could be a wonderful piece of business for the club.