Fulham have seen a £12m bid for Portuguese winger Ivan Cavaleiro rejected by Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to a Sky Sports News report.
The Whites are keen to sign a right winger to supplement their squad ahead of their Premier League return with neither Neeskens Kebano nor last season’s loanees Lucas Piazon and Sheyi Ojo able to nail down a first-team spot last term. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side finished the season with unpredictable French forward Aboubakar Kamara operating on the right flank – and the Serbian head coach has made solving this problem a priority during the close season.
Cavaleiro had been linked with Huddersfield Town earlier this summer and Wolves rebuffed Fulham’s sizeable offer as they intend to keep the speedy winger at Molineux. The Portuguese international, who joined Wolves from Monaco in the summer of 2016 for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £7m, has scored thirteen goals in 70 appearances for the Midlands club. He was a key part of Wolves’ Championship-winning side under Nuno Espirito Santo – finding the net eight times in 35 games – and has become a popular figure at Molineux.
The 24 year-old winger previously won the Portuguese treble with Benfica in 2014 as well as reaching the Europa League final. He starred in the 2015 European under-21 championships, where he was selected in the team of the tournament as Portugal reached the final. Reports earlier this month had suggested that Cavaleiro was poised to join Huddersfield in a £12m deal, but the player himself refuted such talk by posting an image of himself playing for Wolves entitled ‘looking forward to starting the season with my club’ on social media.
It remains to be seen whether Fulham will test Wolves’ resolve to hold onto Cavaleiro by returning with a second bid.