Back in July, there was a very brief period where it was believed Wolverhampton Wanderers could make a move for Milan’s Rafael Leão.
The youngster, who swapped Lille for the Italian club fairly swiftly after a move from Sporting CP, but the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimović led to him sitting on the bench a bit more, which ultimately fed the rumours.
Managed by a certain Jorge Mendes, you can quickly see why Wolves were swiftly included in articles, and it was reported by Tuttosport the Molineux side and two others, Juventus and Atlético Madrid, were ‘ready to go’ for the striker.
Him being Portuguese and all, it made a lot of sense, but Leão has since regained the trust of Stefano Pioli and performed well this year.
Wolverhampton, down their end, decided to go for another expensive young Portuguese striker, and all was well.
Still, it’s now claimed that Nuno Espírito Santo’s side went beyond just being ‘ready to go’, as Calciomercato in Italy state Milan ‘sent back a proposal’ from the English side ‘just a few months ago’, describing them as the ‘most Portuguese team’ in the Premier League.
There aren’t any numbers attached to this, but it seems clear the Serie A side still believed in him and weren’t interested in parting ways with him.
It never hurts to try, though.