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Wolves are reportedly holding out for a higher fee to sell Mir to Atletico

At the end of last week, Rafa Mir looked all set to leave Wolves for Atletico Madrid.

Then it was reported that talks were at deadlock and now reports in Spain claim he will return to Wolves training.

Marca say that he will start the season with Wolves. But why, when everything looked in place for him to depart?

They claim that Wolves are holding out for more money to sell the striker.

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They report that an offer of €15 million (£12.7 million) is on the table, but Wolves want more.

Earlier in the week, it was claimed that a further €10 million (£8.4 million) could be paid to Wolves later in ‘variables’.

That looks like good business for a player who wants to leave and has one year left on his contract.

But Wolves clearly don’t think so – and that brings a couple of other scenarios into play here.

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Perhaps Wolves plan to play Mir this season for the first time since 2018, and that’s why they let Patrick Cutrone go on loan to Empoli.

And Atletico are apparently eyeing up alternative strikers.

Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia) have claimed the Spanish champions have made a bid of at least €50 million/£42 million for Fiorentina hitman Dusan Vlahovic.

By holding out for more money for Mir, Wolves could end up with nothing at all.

And that incoming cash looks vital to Wolves’ hopes of adding fresh faces before the end of the transfer window.

The delay over Mir also probably explains why progress has been slow on incomings.

It remains to be seen how this one plays out. Wolves could end up with an unsettled player and limited cash for reinforcements.