Joao Cancelo has been repeatedly linked with a move to Wolves over the past month, mainly by the Italian media.
There were even claims of a €40m offer arriving from the Premier League club, although that appeared to be at least a little over the top and wasn’t backed up by the Spanish club’s local media.
In Italy the general theme has been that Wolves want the player, Jorge Mendes would like to send him there and get €40m for Valencia, but Cancelo has completely ruled out the prospect, preferring to wait for a big Italian club.
Spending last season on loan at Inter Milan, Cancelo will have expected the club to use their €35m buying option, and has told Tuttosport he was surprised when the Serie A side showed little interest.
This isn’t unusual, Inter constantly seem to be running after the next shiny thing. There may be a chance later in the window for Wolves, if Juventus and others don’t get a deal sorted, and Cancelo won’t rule it out.
Tuttosport asked Cancelo if he prefers Juventus to Wolves, given the English club aren’t in the Champions League, and he answered: “At the moment I cannot exclude anything, certainly playing the Champions is my goal, I won it (qualification) on the pitch with Inter and I would like to return to this competition.”
The Portuguese fullback also made it clear he hasn’t turned down Wolves, because he hasn’t had anything to turn down: “Until I have an official and concrete proposal I cannot say anything. So far, nothing has come to me. Before the end of the season I heard that Inter wanted to buy me outright and that they were in contact with Valencia to do it, but then nothing happened.”
That clears that one up.