Wolverhampton Wanderers have Sporting’s João Palhinha ‘at the top’ of the priority list to strengthen their midfield.
Operating as a defensive midfielder, the 25-year-old played 38 matches in all competitions as the Lions went on to win the title during the 2020/21 season.
Palhinha’s club form helped him to make his debut for Portugal in March and Fernando Santos has included him in his squad for Euro 2020.
A Bola explain about Wolves interest, but also state Sporting manager Rúben Amorim wants to have his compatriot at his disposal for the new season.
Amorim considers Palhinha an ‘important element’ of his squad and ‘will do everything’ in his power to retain the Portugal international.
Sporting want to ‘satisfy’ their manager’s wish, but they are also aware they cannot say ‘no’ to negotiating Palhinha’s sale if they receive an offer starting from €30m.
The Primeira Liga winners are ‘willing to fight as hard as possible’ to keep their star and will only consider his sale if there’s an offer in excess of the aforementioned figure.
According to the newspaper, Wolves are the ‘most serious’ candidate to sign Palhinha and have reserved ‘substantial portion’ of their transfer budget to carry out his signing.