Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters during the transfer window must feel like they’re binging watching the entirety of Game of Thrones back-to-back.
So much excitement, so much build up and then, what? Confusion? Disappointment? A vast empty hole of nothingness and a nagging sense of betrayal?
First it was Anderson Talisca, linked with a big-money move to Molineux throughout the whole of 2018 before taking his deadly dead-ball delivery to China.
And fears are growing at Molineux that an already lingering, drawn-out Renato Sanches saga is about to grind to similarly dissatisfying conclusion.
It’s not quite ‘all hail King Brann’ but, still, frustrating nonetheless.
Will Wolves target Renato Sanches join Arsenal or Liverpool instead?
“When I arrived at Bayern (Munich, after Euro 2016), I was not ready to play for such a club. I was very young,” explains Sanches, a man who has endured more ups and downs before the age of 25 than most players do across their entire careers (L’Equipe).
“Today, I feel ready (to join a big club again). I understand football better. I have more experience, I know what to do to play in this kind of club and that changes everything.
“Maybe Arsenal and Milan are interested but I don’t know.”
Sanches, who won the Ligue 1 title with Lille last season while forcing his way back into the Portuguese national team, will be allowed to leave the Stade Pierre Mauroy in 2022.
Lille president Olivier Letang has already confirmed as much, highlighting the club’s precarious financial situation.
Wolves came close to striking a deal last summer, before disagreements over a £25 million obligation-to-buy clause extinguished those hopes.
Now, with Liverpool, AC Milan and Arsenal amongst others expressing an interest, it seems that Sanches is set to go the same way as Talisca and Silva.
Not necessarily to China or Eintracht Frankfurt. But certainly not to Molineux either.