Wolves to make move for midfielder on one condition

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Wolves have enjoyed a genuinely terrific couple of seasons.

Under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo, they won promotion in the 2017/18 season.

That season saw them take 99 points from 46 games, finishing nine points clear of Cardiff City in second-place.

And since then, they have taken to Premier League football like a duck to water.

Wolves finished seventh in their first season back, and then, to prove it wasn’t a fluke, did exactly the same again.

In their first season, they claimed 57 points, in their second they claimed 59.

It has been a steady improvement under Santo and much of it has to do with their exemplary transfer strategy.

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They have secured the likes of Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez, Rui Patricio, and Adama Traore, and much of that is down to their link with the super-agent Jorge Mendes.

Numerous Portuguese players have ended up moving to Molineux because of their relationship with the representative and it seems that there could be more to come.

Sport Witness carries a report from A Bola claiming that a potential acquisition has been identified: Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha.

He is valued at €13 million (£11.7m) and plays in defensive midfield, while he can also operate in central midfield.

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He spent the season on loan at Braga but any move to Wolves comes with one key caveat. 

He would be replacing Neves.

The report states that Palhinha is “preparing to make the leap” to the English club but Neves must move to “a bigger club” first.

There is not said to be a deal for Neves close, but he has been a star for Wolves throughout the 19/20 campaign, playing in every single league game.

He scored two goals and registered two assists from his anchor man position.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This smacks of a Mendes briefing.

The agent may well be trying to place Neves with a bigger club, as he represents the midfielder.

This could be a case of trying to stir up interest in the brilliant 23-year-old, who can score goals, scythe defences apart, and win the ball back.

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He is a top player, and this does feel like groundwork being laid.

It also seems rather odd; Palhinha could well be signed as a squad addition and learn from the man he is supposed to replace, particularly if no deal is struck for Neves in this transfer window.

They need not wait.

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