A previously reported transfer target of Wolves is now apparently on the market for a huge fee compared to earlier this year.

Sporting CP’s defensive midfielder Palhinha was supposedly being looked at by Wolves during the international transfer window, and was supposedly available for around £13.4 million (A Bola).

Wolves ultimately never moved for the 25-year-old, and it appears any future move may now be somewhat difficult.

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According to A Bola, things have changed with the player’s situation over the past few months.

After spending last term on loan at Braga, he is now back in the picture and performing well for Sporting and actually signed a new contract last month.

Sporting are said to be open to selling, but only if a potential suitor pays the player’s buyout clause – which is now set at a whopping £54 million.

Palhinha to Wolves looks a non-starter

Even if Wolves did want to sign Palhinha, it’s going to be very unlikely now, one would have thought.

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If Sporting are to refer any team to his buyout clause, Wolves surely can’t be seen to pay it when he was available at a fraction of the price just months ago.

The talented Palinha may well go one to look like an oversight for Wolves, but hopefully the likes of Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves can have strong seasons so that it ultimately won’t matter.

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