Maybe Wolverhampton Wanderers won’t have much competition to sign João Cancelo from Valencia this summer.
Yesterday, Italian website Tutto Mercato Web claimed that the Championship winners are the ‘most interested’ club in the right-back, as Inter Milan would not use their buying option over him.
Now part of this news has now been confirmed, as today, Inter manager Luciano Spalletti said Cancelo will not be staying at the club for next season.
“Now Cancelo and Rafinha – which have been exceptional – cannot be redeemed, we will see later on,” said the manager (via Gazzetta Dello Sport).
Inter Milan have financial pressures and need to solve those before finalising their summer transfer plans.
Cancelo had a one-year loan spell at Inter, making 28 appearances for the club. Reports from Spain claimed that the Serie A side would have to pay €35m to sign him on a permanent transfer from Valencia, and that a big amount for Inter.
We’ve checked the Valencian outlets who covered Spalletti’s quotes, and none of them are talking of a future transfer for now. So it seems that the club will take it easy before accepting any other offer for the right-back.
If Wolves interest is genuine and not simply through the Portuguese connection and transfer-rumour-painting-by-numbers then they’ve got a reasonable chance here. But it’ll cost.