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Wolves in line to sign Sporting Lisbon star Joao Palhinha

Wolves are reportedly in line to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha this summer and have begun negotiations with the Portuguese outfit.

What’s the story?

Speaking to GIVMESPORT, journalist Jacque Talbot revealed that Palhinha’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is working hard to get the deal over the line. He said:

“I’m told, with Jorge Mendes, it is a similar thing with Darwin Nunez in that he is basically trying to get him a Premier League move now from Portuguese league.

“He was linked to Manchester United earlier in the season, but I think that was agent generated and more around when they were crying out for that central midfielder. There is probably more chance that they will go for someone like Ruben Neves than him because he is a bit more proven.

“Yes, I think this could happen, 100 per cent. I would put my house on this one, absolutely.”

It was reported earlier this week by the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath that Wolves had entered negotiations with Sporting over a deal for the midfielder and now it seems incredibly likely that a deal will eventually be completed this summer.

Supporters will be delighted

The prospect of signing Palhinha will be bittersweet for Wolves supporters as it will most likely mean that star midfielder Ruben Neves will depart Molineux this window with his fellow countryman his replacement.

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However, even if Neves were to stay on at Wolves, signing a quality midfielder would still be necessary, with Bruno Lage keen to build on this season’s tenth place finish.

European football was a genuine possibility for the West Midlands outfit but a catastrophic end to the season saw Wolves win just one of their final nine Premier League matches.

Joao Moutinho’s future is still unclear with the veteran midfielder currently set to be released at the end of June, having not signed a contract extension whilst Leander Dendoncker is by no means a suitable replacement for Neves.

Palhinha made 38 appearances for Sporting across all competitions this term, with six of those coming in the Champions League.

Moreover, the Portugual international averaged 34.6 passes per league match this season with an 88% accuracy whilst chipping in with three tackles, one interception and 0.9 clearances.

To put that into perspective, Neves averaged similar numbers, with 49.1 passes at an 84% accuracy whilst making 2.1 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.4 clearances.

Is Palhinha a good replacement for Neves?

Yes

Yes

No

No

At 26, the midfielder has plenty of experience whilst also still boasting exciting potential that Wolves will hope to benefit from.

It’s a deal that is vital for Lage’s side to complete and supporters will certainly be boosted by the fact that it seems incredibly likely to happen.

AND in other news: Lage could land dream Neves replacement as Wolves now eye “spectacular” 20 y/o talent

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