Wolves apparently made an approach to sign Sporting CP winger Joelson Fernandes when a deal was being closed for Rui Patricio.
That’s the claim made by the 17-year-old talent’s father and agent Eusébio Mango Fernandes in an interview with Guinea-Bissau outlet O Democrata.
Wolves have obviously made many a Portuguese signing over the past couple of years, and it seems Joelson was also on the radar of Molineux officials.
The starlet was linked with a move to Arsenal during the international transfer window, but ended up staying put presumably to continue his development at the club having only made four first-team appearances so far.
Eusébio said: “In the meeting I had with [Frederico] Varandas (Sporting president), he explained to me that when he arrived in England last season to close Rui Patrício’s transfer to Wolverhampton, he was confronted with the English club’s interest in Joelson and transmitted to the club guided by Nuno Espírito Santos that has no intention of selling the athlete.”
Eusébio goes on to say that although there have been ‘millionaire offers’ from other clubs that have been tempting, they have felt it best for Joelson to stay with Sporting, citing ‘gratitude’ as a reason.
Supposedly there has been interest in Joelson from the likes of Juventus, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, PSG, Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester City and RB Leipzig.
It is unclear whether Wolves actually ever submitted an offical bid to Sporting.
A future Wolves signing?
It is perhaps a good thing that Wolves’ approach didn’t amount to anything.
By all accounts, Joelson – who O Democrata now say has a £54 million release clause following a recent extension at the club – has very exciting potential, but the player is very young and Wolves’ interest seemingly came at a time when he was only just making his way at Sporting
Perhaps he’s a player the club will be keeping their eye on for the future.