Wolverhampton Wanderers’ pursuit of Sporting midfielder João Palhinha looks colder than ever now.

Despite strong claims from the Portuguese media this month saying the player was close to moving to the Premier League side, a report from newspaper A Bola isn’t that confident this time.

The outlet reports that CSKA currently have officials in Lisbon to sign the 25-year-old. They want to offer €10m, but Sporting demand €15m, and a deal could be found halfway.

Regarding Wolves, all A Bola has to say is that the English club have been following Palhinha for a long time, and remain ‘attentive’ to the situation.

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It isn’t even said if Wolves plan to make a bid for the midfielder soon, and that makes it look like he’s a lot closer to moving to Russia instead of England.

Previous reports from Portugal had claimed that Wolves would sign Palhinha for between €12m and €14m. So the claims regarding the price demanded by Sporting appear to be true, yet Nuno Espírito Santo’s side don’t seem keen on paying it.