By Danny Wright
Wolves will not be able to sign Rio Ave playmaker Filip Krovinovic this summer due to work permit issues, according to a reliable journalist.
Express and Star reporter Tim Spiers reported on his personal Twitter account that a deal for the 21-year-old is a “non-starter”.
He also claimed that Diogo Goncalves “isn’t on Wolves’ radar” despite Portuguese news outlet Record claiming that he was set for a loan move to Molineux.
Am told Benfica's Diogo Goncalves isn't on Wolves' radar. Croatian midfielder Filip Krovinovic is a non-starter – can't get work permit.
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) June 8, 2017
Krovinovic was linked with a move to Wolves by Portuguese website O Jojo earlier this month, with Lille and Benfica understood to be keeping tabs on him.
However latest developments from media that is local to Wolves appears to have cancelled out any such approach.
Croatian midfielder Krovinovic plays for newly-appointed Molineux manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s former club Rio Ave in the Portuguese top flight.
He made 33 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring five goals and supplying three assists.
The four-times Croatia Under-21 international moved to Rio Ave in 2015 and was not a member of Santo’s old squad there.
Football Insider Verdict
Wolves can be expected to be linked with a number of players based in Portugal this summer for two reasons. One being that Santo has extensive knowledge of the country from spells at Rio Ave and more recently Porto. And two being that super-agent Jorge Mendes appears to have a lot to say about the Black Country club’s transfer dealings. Either way, Krovinovic looks like a decent midfielder and could definitely done a job in the Wolves squad for the upcoming season. There will definitely be other targets out there though and it’s still very early days.
In other Wolves news, these three players are all set to leave Molineux this summer.