Report: Club prepared to sell Spurs-linked midfielder for £25m

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According to a report from Portuguese publication O Jogo, Sporting Lisbon could cash in on rumoured Tottenham target Joao Palhinha if they receive a suitable offer for the midfielder this summer.

After impressing during his two seasons on loan at Braga from 2018 to 2020, Palhinha was one of Sporting’s most consistent performers last season on his return to Lisbon.

The defensive midfielder also put in a couple of impressive displays during the European Championships in what turned out to be a disappointing tournament for Portugal.

Reports first emerged in June that the 25-year-old was of interest to Tottenham but some sources from Portugal subsequently suggested Sporting had no intention of letting the midfielder leave.

It was explained that Spurs had to trigger the €60m (£51.3m) release clause in Joao Palhinha’s contract if they hoped to sign him, something the Lilywhites are allegedly not prepared to do.

However, O Jogo have now claimed that Sporting have changed their stance as they need to raise funds through player sales in order to balance their books. 

With the club not getting suitable offers for the likes of Jovane Cabral, Nuno Mendes and Matheus Nunes, it is explained that they are now ready to consider offers for Palhinha.

The report explains that Sporting would be willing to sell the midfielder for around £25m but adds that the best proposal they have received so far is an £18m offer from Wolves.

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Nuno seems to trust Skipp to play alongside Hojbjerg but we are going to likely need another midfielder if the Portuguese coach wants to employ a double pivot next season.

With Sissoko looking like he is on the way out, the decision on whether to spend money on a midfielder might boil down to whether Nuno wants to give Winks a chance.

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