Report: £18m Zinho Vanheusden rejects Brighton but Wolves still keen

Nuno Espirito Santo manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates the win during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal FC at Molineux on April 24, 2019 in...

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly hoping to lure Inter Milan's Vanheusden to the Premier League but he won't be joining Brighton and Hove Albion.

Zinho Vanheusden of Standard looks dejected during the Jupiler Pro League play-off 1 match (day 6) between Royal Antwerp Fc and Standard de Liege at Bosuilstadion on April 26, 2019 in...

Wolverhampton Wanderers are still in the running to sign Inter Milan youngster Zinho Vanheusden but he has turned down a move to Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion, according to Nieuwsblad.

The 19-year-old centre-back is expected to leave the San Siro this summer, four years after joining Inter as one of the most highly-rated defensive talents anywhere in European football.

Vanheusden has never made a first-team appearance for the Serie A giants, thanks largely to a cruciate ligament injury he suffered in 2017, though the teenager reminded everyone of his talents during an excellent loan spell at Standard Liege last season.

 

His price-tag has soared to somewhere in the region of £18 million as a result with Inter fully aware of interest from clubs all over the continent, particularly in England.

It seems very unlikely that Vanheusden will be on his way to the South Coast, however. Nieuwsblad claims that Southampton have dropped out of the running while the defender has turned down the chance to join Graham Potter’s Brighton.

Zinho Vanheusden (R) of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Serhiy Buletsa (L) of Dynamo Kiev during the UEFA Youth League Domestic Champions Path match between FC Internazionale...

Wolves are still keen though, and Nuno Espirito Santo should have been given confidence by the fact that Inter need to raise around £35 million this summer to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.

Given that Wolves are due to play European football next season while plotting an assault on the top six, Molineux would perhaps be a better destination than Brighton or Southampton for a player with big ambitions.

Wesley Moraes of Club Brugge and Zinho Vanheusden of Standard fight for the ball  during the Jupiler Pro League play-off 1 match (day 3) between Club Brugge and Standard de Liege at Jan...

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