So, after months of speculation, Andre Silva will not be joining Wolverhampton Wanderers after all.
The Portuguese striker’s links with super-agent Jorge Mendes meant he has been tipped to join the Molineux revolution since as far back as January.
The Sun (May 29, page 50) had claimed that Wolves were set to make a £27 million bid for the AC Milan number nine while the Birmingham Mail reported later in the window that Nuno Espirito Santo was keen on a reunion with Silva, who thrived under his management at FC Porto.
But the transfer window is now shut for Premier League clubs and Silva could be about to move elsewhere.
Therefore, Wolves’ hopes might have gone for good. Silva scored just two Serie A goals for Milan in a disappointing debut season but a tally of 21 in his final season for Porto, not to mention a one-in-two record at international level, explains why he cost £33 million a year ago.
Wolves, meanwhile, are going into the season with just two out-and-out strikers – Leo Bonatini who has not scored since December and Raul Jimenez, who has tallied 19 goals in 101 league games in European football.