Wolves are reportedly leading the chase to sign Joao Palhinha, ahead of the summer transfer window.

According to Portuguese outlet Record, Bruno Lage’s side are currently in pole position to land the Sporting CP holding midfielder in the next transfer window.

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Palhinha is said to be a ‘preferential target’ for the club.

Supposedly, Wolves are ready to come with an offer to Sporting. There is no mention of how much they are willing to bid though at this stage.

Sporting, though, are said to be looking to make around £25.6 million with his sale.

Within the report, there is mention of the fact that Wolves and Sporting have previously done business with the loan of Ruben Vinagre.

The Portuguese outfit will purchase the wing-back at the end of the season.

Wolves have tracked Palhinha for a long time.

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The star could potentially finally make a move to Molineux this summer though. Especially given the constant speculation about Ruben Neves.

Neves is highly coveted, and Wolves are expecting offers for their maestro.

The club would ultimately love to keep him, but may be unable to turn down a huge offer.

Neves is said to have interest from the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Joao Palhinha has a good chance of becoming a Wolves player this summer

Palhinha has long been linked with Wolves, and this summer he could finally make a move to Molineux.

Arguably, Wolves could do with bringing him regardless of what happens with Neves.

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But you’d think that if Neves was sold, then there is a high chance of Palhinha joining, as he operates in the same position.

They are different stylistically, but Palhinha does occupy those spaces just in front of the defence like Neves. But he doesn’t have the passing range as the former FC Porto man.

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