Wolves stand firm: no negotiating on winger’s asking price

Wolverhampton Wanderers have informed Sporting Lisbon that they will not discuss winger’s asking price.
In stark contrast to their activity during the 2023 transfer window, Wolves’ hierarchy has done marvels since the end of the previous season.


Prior to Max Kilman being sold to West Ham United for £40 million, the club signed Pedro Lima, Rodrigo Gomes, and Jorgen Strand Larsen, all of whom were well greeted by the fans.

Regardless of whether additional significant sales occur, Wolves are in a position to spend more money on new faces, which is a welcome possibility following the frustrations of the previous 12 months.

Chiquinho improves stock in Portugal

Chiquinho has not played for Wolves since May 2022, with the winger contributing three assists in eight Premier League appearances for the West Midlands club at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Prior to the following season, Chiquinho sustained a catastrophic knee injury that sidelined him for the entire season, and he then failed to make an impression during his loan spell with Stoke City.

Instead, Wolves found an alternative in Famalicao, who went on to score five goals and provide four assists in 27 Primeira Liga outings for the mid-table Portuguese club.

According to Record, Sporting Lisbon was suitably impressed by what they witnessed and has since expressed a strong interest in the former Portugal Under-21 international.

Nonetheless, according to the same report, Wolves are unwilling to trade Chiquinho for less than the €6 million (£5.07 million) they paid for him when he signed from Estoril Praia in January 2022.

Are Wolves taking a realistic stand?

Wolves executives understandably want to recoup as much as possible for Chiquinho, especially since his reputation has improved over the last ten months.

Chiquinho has eight goals and seven assists in 42 Primeira Liga games in his career, all for clubs outside of Portugal’s top four.

Sporting are now thought to be deciding whether to pursue their interest, with a season-long loan and a must buy clause appearing to be viable options.

Chiquinho allegedly wants to stay in Portugal and play for a Champions League team, which is something Wolves may have to consider given the player’s two-year deal.

 

 

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