Joao Palhinha has refuted claims that he met with Wolverhampton Wanderers before joining Fulham in a 20 million deal, speaking to Mais Futebol.
Palhinha is either a Wolves player who left the club, or a player whose links with the Black Country club have been greatly exaggerated.
Express and Star, both based in the Midlands, indicate that it is the latter rather than the former. Wolves boss Bruno Lage is said to have always preferred an attack-oriented central midfielder this summer.
Palhinha, in contrast, made his name over in Portugal as a vexing ball-winner rather than one capable of unraveling the tiniest of knots at the other end of the pitch. In 2021/22, only three players in the Champions League scored more than his 3.7 successful tackles (WhoScored).
In July, the former Sporting Lisbon enforcer made a surprise move to Fulham.
Palhinha claims that the allegedly agreed upon deals with Wolves were simply not successful following his 20-million move to West London.
The former Braga loanee claims that nothing came to him (from Wolves). But nowadays, this is normal. It's not just me, I believe it's all players.
Every day, Portugal has this habit of transferring a player to five different clubs in the same window!
But that's all there is to it. Im where I need to be and I'll always give my best (for Fulham). I'm very happy and very proud to play in the best league in the world.
I'll do my best. I want to demonstrate my worth. I've already demonstrated it in Portugal, but I know I can still do more, and that's the purpose I have inside me.
Matheus Nunes, Palhinhas' former team-mate, appears to be a more fitting addition to a Wolves side whose roster is filled with distributors but without a dynamic flair in the centre of the park.
However, Nunes appears to have set his sights higher than Molineux.