Wolverhampton Wanderers are used to getting what they want in the transfer market these days.
The Midland giants are a Premier League side these days and, backed by Chinese billionaires Fosun and well-connected super-agent Jorge Mendes, Wolves have brought coveted talents like Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio and Raul Jimenez to Molineux.
One player who does appear to have slipped through their grasp, however, is Egypt’s World Cup star Trezeguet.
Hurriyet reported on Tuesday that Wolves had made a bid of £4.5 million to trigger the Kasimpasa winger’s release clause. It is understood that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were also willing to offer £20,000 a week in wages to Trezeguet, who scored 13 goals and set up six more in the Turkish Super Lig last season.
But, for once, it seems that Wolves have been blown out of the water.
Because Fotomac is now reporting that Trezeguet, real name Mahmoud Hassan, is closing in on a move to reigning Turkish champions Galatasaray instead. It is reported that the 23-year-old has turned down Wolves in order to play Champions League football with the Istanbul giants.
And Galatasaray have put a contract on the table worth around £37,000 a week – almost double Wolves’ offer.
With Champions League football and a much bigger pay packet, you cannot really blame Trezeguet for choosing Istanbul over Wolverhampton.