Portimonense president Rodiney Sampaio wants to play hardball over Shoya Nakajima.

He didn’t start it very well, last week saying the player’s transfer to the Midlands was 80% on the way there, but since then he’s been trying to change that perception.

Sampaio has now said, in quotes picked up by Record, that the 20% gap hasn’t yet been closed, and there’s been no advance at all over the past week.

The Portuguese club are trying to push the estimated price up from €20m to something closer to the player’s €40m release clause.

Supposed further interest from the Premier League helps that.

Leicester City and Southampton are said to be ‘attentive’, and also ‘Ukrainians and Germans’. Sampaio wants offers to push the figure higher, whether that’s to make Wolves pay more, or send the player elsewhere.

In October, it was reported in Portugal that Leicester were preparing a €20m offer for the player.

At the beginning of November, Southampton sent a scout to a Portimonense match and we suggested Nakajima could be the target, which then ended up elsewhere as a statement of fact, with the Saints linked since.