Portuguese players appear to be to Wolverhampton Wanderers what Pringles are to most people in the world: some kind of legal and socially acceptable crack cocaine, because once you pop, you can’t stop.
This, and this only, is the only reasonable explanation* behind Nuno Espirito Santo’s side’s unhealthy relationship with Joao Mario, as they keep going back for more.
There has been some self restraint, however, since they haven’t gone through with it, yet, but there’s competition from Leicester and West Ham, who clearly heard there were some Pringles on offer and wondered what the occasion was.
Gazzetta dello Sport are the ones reporting this on Monday, claiming the Foxes, the Hammers and ‘once again Wolves’ are circling around the midfielder, who still hasn’t found himself a home despite desperately wanting to leave Italy for, preferably, England.
The Italian newspaper state the player is ‘close’ to the Premier League, but there’s still not sign of an offer coming in for his services.
Wolves currently have more Portuguese players in their ranks than most Liga NOS sides, while West Ham seem to be out of money, but continue to be linked with half of Europe.
As for Leicester, there’s currently something going on with Rachid Ghezzal, as Claude Puel tries to replace Riyad Mahrez, as well as moves for an disproportionate amount of players, which felt like they all started on Friday.
There’s only three days left for someone to sign Joao Mario, and, at this point, we fear he might have to think of a destination other than England, and maybe even consider having to stay in Italy.
*among many others