Speaking to the Daily Mail, Wolves chief Jez Moxey has admitted that the Midlands club are resigned to losing Sako, with the financial allures of the Premier League just too high for a Championship club to compete with.
Moxey said: “We took the decision not to cash in on him when we could have done, quite easily. Now the season has finished we will of course sit down with him to reflect on what has happened and what he wants to do going forward.
“Every fan knows the pull of the Premier League – monies now that are just so out of the stratosphere – that no Championship club can compete with any Premier League club on a like-for-like financial basis.”
The Wolves superstar is out of contract at the end of this season, and the Telegraph has linked with him Aston Villa and West Brom, although his large wage demands could get in the way of any deal.
Wolves opted against selling Sako for a huge profit in the January transfer window, with Kenny Jackett’s men still looking good for a play-off place, if not automatic promotion.
However, a number of poor results cost them their potential return to the Premier League, and with that, their chances of keeping Sako.
His contract is up this summer, and with the confirmed Premier League offers in for him, the club are sure to lose a player who has been playing far below his level for a number of years.
Wolves made a bold choice to not cash in on the Malian international winger when they had the chance, as it gave them a better chance of fighting for a return to the top flight. Yet, they missed out on that return with Sako involved, and Jackett is to lose the man who makes his team tick.
If the wage demands in Sako’s contract can be overcome, although both Villa and West Brom are sure to force him to take less than the £50,000-per-week he is asking, whichever club signs him will have a truly great player on their hands - with the 27-year-old winger just about to reach his peak.