Wolverhampton Wanderers will not be signing Renato Sanches before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Interest from the club in the midfielder came to light last night, leaving fans extremely excited that a deal could be done today.
But that has not been the case, with Sky Sports reporting this afternoon that Wolves and Lille had failed to reach an agreement.
A report followed from Mais Futebol that claimed the French club were seeking too big a buy option.
Apparently, they wanted over £26 million.
It was a claim that infuriated a lot of Wolves supporters on social media.
It is his understanding that Sanches’ current injury proved an issue.
He said: “Renato Sanches pursuit called off. Problematic injury issues the final straw. Club still working on other targets
“Am told an agreement had basically been reached but it’s now believed Sanches will be out for a sizeable chunk of the first half of the season.
“And with Lille wanting a sizeable loan fee, wages and a big option, the move was halted.”
Sanches underwent surgery on a knee injury earlier this month.
Goal had reported that he faced around six weeks out.
But it seems he is looking at a longer period out than that.
Sanches saga just seems farcical
Wolves have just wasted their time, and got the hopes of the fans up without delivering the goods.
Surely the club should have known Sanches would be missing for a chunk of the season before entering into talks.
That had to be one of the first things they asked about, given everyone knew he recently had surgery.
It is fair enough to not go after a player who is struggling with an injury.
If recruitment officials didn’t know about the severity of Sanches’ issue until this afternoon, then it really is poor.