Sporting have omitted Joao Palhinha from their pre-season trip to the Algarve, with claims a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers is ‘very close’.
The 25-year-old has been extensively linked with a move to Molineux in recent months after returning from his loan spell with Braga.
Palhinha impressed in his two performances vs Wolves in the Europa League, which saw the Portuguese side win one game and draw the other.
Despite his impressive stint with Braga, Sporting are willing to cash in on the midfielder, in order to fund their own transfer plans.
A report earlier this week suggest Wolves were close to sealing a deal for Palhinha, for a fee between €12m and €14m.
However, while Record suggest his future definitely lies away from Sporting, they describe his next move as ‘undefined’.
It is claimed that while Wolves are a candidate for his signature, they have yet to launch an official bid.
Sarr backed for Liverpool move
Jurgen Klopp has been told that in-demand Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, ‘would be perfect for Liverpool’, with Wolves also credited with an interest.
Sarr, who shone for Watford last season, despite their relegation, is widely expected to leave Vicarage Road in the current window.
Both Wolves and Liverpool are said to be interested in the 22-year-old, with Crystal Palace also believed to be tracking him.
And Kilbane, speaking with BoyleSports, has urged Klopp to make a move for the former Rennes man, suggesting he is a much better option that Divock Origi.
“They don’t need much but Divock Origi isn’t of the class of the starting front three,” he said. “Ismaila Sarr would be a better option for them, he is unbelievably quick and while he has a lot to improve on, Klopp would be the ideal man to get the best out of him. He’s more pacey and would be perfect for Liverpool.”
Jeff Shi has admitted that any plans to redevelop Molineux, will be done with a cautious approach, in order to avoid a potential ‘financial dilemma’.
Since Fosun purchased Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 2016, they have maintained their commitment to developing and updating the stadium, with the hopes of eventually reaching a 50,00 capacity.
In fact, at the end of last season, the club revealed a number of designs and plans for upcoming rennovations.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting finances across the globe, Wolves’ executive chairman has said it is more important to ensure the product on the pitch is up to standard.
“We have a long-term plan for the stadium,” Shi told the club’s official site. “Eventually we hope to have a larger stadium, but to expand, we need to be cautious. We don’t want to put ourselves into a financial dilemma by doing too much too soon, because in 20 years, anything can happen. We have seen many examples of how a new, bigger stadium can hurt and sometimes kill a club.
“What I’m planning to do is a step-by-step plan. We will not rebuild the stadium from zero, we want to expand some of the capacity here and rebuild some parts there. Expanding gradually will be safer.
He added: “What is more crucial is still the 11 players on the pitch. A new stadium is nice to have, but it’s a long-term ambition.
Spurs in for AMN
Tottenham are preparing a bid for Ainsley Maitland-Niles amid speculation linking the Arsenal midfielder with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are readying a swoop on their north London rivals to add Maitland-Niles to Jose Mourinho’s squad.
Signing a new full-back is a top priority for Mourinho this summer in order to replace Serge Aurier, who looks set to move on.
Maitland-Niles is naturally a midfielder but he has excelled at both right wing-back and left wing-back for Arsenal and the report says his versatility is seen as a ‘huge plus’ by Spurs.
That versatility appeals to many and Sky Sports report Wolves, Brighton and Newcastle United also hold an interest in the former England under-21 international.
Maitland-Niles has been a regular for Arsenal over the past three seasons and made his 100th appearance for the club in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea earlier this month.