Wolves to miss out on clever striker after two bids worth a combined £90.5m

Nuno Santo on the touchline

Wolves have had a rather indifferent start to the new season.

Despite smashing their transfer record, they have lost key players in Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota, all while losing three of their opening four matches.

They were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Stoke and they haven't won since the opening weekend against Sheffield United. 

Therefore, their clash with Fulham this week is vitally important if Nuno Santo wants to back up the money spent in the window so far. 

A 4-0 defeat to West Ham last time out was incredibly embarrassing. Nelson Semedo was making his debut and even the former Barcelona man failed to produce anything credible during the match.

It's their defence that has arguably caused them the most problems this term, but could things have been different if they landed one of their number one targets this summer?

Quite possibly, but they wouldn't have acquired Fabio Silva if they had.

Fabio Silva in action for Wolves

In a fresh report from Portuguese journalist Rui Pedro Braz (via Sport Witness), it's claimed that Wolves had submitted two bids this year to sign Carlos Vinicius.

The Benfica forward is now on his way to Spurs on a temporary deal with an option to buy of £38m.

However, it could have been so much different.

Wolves launched a bid of €60m (£54.3m) in January and were knocked back before they lowered their offer to €45m (£40.8m) this summer.

That brings things to a combined total of £95.1m - Wolves really wanted Vinicius. 

It's then claimed that because they missed out on the striker, they then signed Silva from Porto instead. 

Carlos Vinicius

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It's not a great surprise to see that Wolves were in the market for a player based in Portugal and only time will tell whether Vinicius or Silva is the biggest success in England.

Silva, of course, has a very high ceiling but despite being just 18 years of age, he will need to hit the ground running because of his price tag.

He started just once in the league last term, scoring one goal in the process, so Vinicius is clearly the most proven player here.

Carlos Vinicius

The striker was in red hot form for Benfica in 2019/20, racking up 18 goals and five assists on his way to earning a move to Tottenham and being hailed as a "clever penalty-box poacher."

For the player, he's got the better move here but wherever he went, Vinicius surely would have been playing second fiddle. It's hard to see him starting over Harry Kane in north London, while Raul Jimenez is Nuno's favoured forward at Molineux. 

Ultimately, they ended up signing Silva for a cheaper fee so there can't be too many complaints from the Wolves faithful. 

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