Wolverhampton Wanderers are facing competition for Joao Palhinha in the form of Atalanta.

The Serie A club are reported by A Bola to have joined the hunt for Sporting CP player.

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Joao Palhinha (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

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Apparently, they plan to make a move for the Portuguese star, who caught the eye at Euro 2020.

Palhinha is a player that has been heavily linked with Wolves in recent weeks.

It was reported last month that the club see him as a priority signing.

He has also been linked with Leicester City.

Last term, Palhinha was instrumental for Sporting in their surge to the Portuguese league title.

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He made 32 league appearances and a further six in the cup competitions.

Atalanta’s interest in the player would be a blow for Wolves.

 

The Italian side are able to offer the player Champions League football, and have been a rising team in recent times under Gian Piero Gasperini.

Atalanta interest is a problem

Wolves need to get a deal for Palhinha – valued at around £26 million – done this summer.

Quite simply, he would transform Bruno Lage’s midfield.

He was excellent in his two games at the Euros and could make a world of difference and add some much needed steel.

Atalanta coming to the table is not good news.

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Joao Palhinha (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

They are fast becoming a very attractive prospect for players, and their status as a Champions League club will no doubt be a lure.

Gasperini has a good track record for developing players and so, Wolves need to get to work.

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