Fulham are interested in Joao Palhinha and are pushing to sign the Wolves target.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the newly promoted Premier League side have sounded out the Sporting CP midfielder, and are looking to swoop.
It is another twist in the saga, which has been long-running now.
Wolves have wanted Palhinha for several windows now.
But many have felt that this could finally be the window in which he joins.
Speculation has been heavy in recent weeks, with reports claiming the player could join for around £17 million.
But the Cottagers are ready to try and sign the 26-year-old and quite simply, Fosun are now playing with fire.
Palhinha is a quality player who would bring some steel to Wolves’ midfield. He’s enjoyed a great couple of years with Sporting, establishing himself as a fine ball-winner.
Wolves ended up finishing 10th in the Premier League last season, having gone on a run of seven games without a win to end the campaign.
It wasn’t good enough, and Fosun need to respond.
Signing Palhinha would be a fantastic way to raise spirits again, and get the summer off to a great start.
But for whatever reason, he still hasn’t been signed.
There has been some talk that the club are waiting to sell Ruben Neves first. But surely Wolves would be able to bring Palhinha in before that.
It is not a good look, with many Wolves fans desperately hoping for the club to show some ambition.
And if Fulham manage to steal Palhinha after all the talk, then things could start to get ugly.
Wolves losing out on Palhinha from here would be a disaster
Wolves failing to sign Palhinha now after all the talk would be extremely frustrating.
And if he joined another Premier League club then Fosun will face the wrath of the supporters.
The club have already missed out on Marquinhos, who has joined Arsenal. And goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina looks to be heading to Chelsea after being linked with Wolves.
Many are frustrated right now with the way in which the transfer policy operates at the club.
Sell-to-buy may well be in operation. But that doesn’t have to mean sales need to be made first. That is just running the risk of ‘osing out on key targets. And it has also been reported that Wolves do have some money available to spend on top players who are upgrades on the current bunch.
So missing out on Palhinha from here would be very difficult for some to accept.