Realistically Wolves gaffer Ståle Solbakken has probably known all along that he would not get the chance to work with Steven Fletcher for long.
The Scottish striker was always odds-on to leave Molinuex following relegation from the Premier League and only the blindingly optimistic Wolves fan would have thought we stood a chance to hold on to him over the summer.
Sunderland were the first club to show their hand in the chase for Fletcher with a reported £10million bid. A bid that was bang on the money in terms of how much the Independent newspaper thought was our asking price.
Analysing the bid, Burnley are due 15% of any profit Wolves can achieve on a deal to sell the Scottish striker, so after purchasing him for £7million and selling him for around £10million, Burnley would receive £450,000, leaving Wolves with a healthy profit of just over £2.5million.
That said, the £10million bid has apparently been rejected, with some reports suggesting that we have announced a £12million asking price, which seems unlikely but you never know.
With three-years remaining on his contract, we do hold the cards in this deal and can command a fee as high as we think is realistic, which will give Solbakken the best possible chance to replace him with some real quality.
“We`re looking all the time at targets but you don`t replace Fletcher overnight – that`s impossible, No matter what happens, we mustn`t weaken ourselves.’ Ståle Solbakken told the E&S.
He continued: “I can`t answer how we do that until September 3. It`s a long, long month now coming up, but at the moment he`s a Wolves player and we`re planning with him.
“Everybody at Wolves wants to keep him. But even Messi has a price.
“He has three years on his contract – that`s how we look at it.”
Vital Wolves Comment: If everyone has a price, what should be Steven Fletcher’s?
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