Wolves transfer business still likely as Manchester United line up Spurs man and Liverpool fans are braced for midfielder’s Premier League return – latest rumours
Wolves are still expected to make at least one signing before the transfer window close.
Here’s the latest news, and a few rumours from elsewhere…
Mario Lemina could be heading to Wolves , according to reports in France
Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly keen on signing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.
Reports in France claim that a deal is in the “last straight” ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
A new central midfielder is believed to be high on Nuno Espirito Santo’s list of transfer priorities – but what more do we know about him?
We have profiled the 25-year-old below.
Lemina started his career in France with Lorient, progressing through their youth ranks before joining Marseille in 2013.
Having signed for a reported fee of 4 million euros, Lemina made 46 appearances and scored two goals over his two years with the French side.
A move to Juventus came in 2015 – initially on a season-long loan – before that was made permanent the following summer.
He signed a five-year deal with the Italian giants which was scheduled to run until 2020, but he saw through just two of those years.
In August 2017, Southampton parted with a then club-record £17m fee to bring the midfielder to St Mary’s.
Lemina has made 52 appearances so far for the Saints, scoring two goals.
Out of favour
Under current boss Ralph Hassenhuttl, Lemina has fallen out of favour at St Mary’s.
The Gabon international has been given permission to speak to other clubs after a combination of injuries and loss of form last season caused him to lose his place in Southampton’s starting 11.
Lemina was left out of the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
What has he said about his future?
“I still have another three years of contract. But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else,” Lemina said last month.
“The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?
“We have very good discussions with the club. We are in agreement. If I don’t feel good in this project, I can leave.
“They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.”
What have the fans said?
@wolves_1990: If we can somehow keep Saiss for the versatility and add Lemina who’s young & PL proven then we’ve done bits.
@NickAllen224: Quality depth player. Yes.
@ItsRobbieAyit: Yes please
@Matt123525: It’s a big IF but IF we got both or one of Lemina or Rugani then I’ll be happy @WolfInDerby: Would be happy with Mario Lemina #wwfc
@Z4CK93: Lemina would be a class addition. You can never have too many quality players and he offers something different to all of our other midfielders. Stood out by a mile at Molineux
@roneilcallo: Lemina would be a solid signing
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Renat Dadashov lowdown
Renat Dadashov has become Wolverhampton Wanderers’ fifth senior signing of the summer transfer window.
The Azerbaijan international arrives from Estoril, whom he only joined last summer, and immediately heads back to Portugal on a season-long loan with Paco de Ferreira.
He follows Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo, Italy striker Patrick Cutrone and Portuguese starlets Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao to Molineux.
And, judging by sporting director Kevin Thelwell’s comments after Dadashov’s capture was confirmed, he isn’t a run of the mill signing who Wolves intend to make a quick buck on.
£30million Rugani the right man?
Wolves have launched a huge £30million bid to sign Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, according to reports.
The Times states how Wanderers look set to leapfrog Premier League rivals Arsenal to land the 25-year-old’s signature.
The Gunners, meanwhile, have had a two-year loan deal knocked back by the Serie A giants with Juve keen to offload the Italian permanently.
Rugani has been capped by Italy on seven occasions and, last year, made 20 appearances for the Old Lady.
Arsenal were hoping to land the defender after flogging Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux but it’s Wolves who appear in pole position as they look to bolster their back line.
Elsewhere in the Premier League
Arsenal and Leipzig in potential player swap
Arsenal prospect Emile Smith-Rowe could be the key to the Gunners landing Dayot Upamecano, according to the Daily Mail.
They value the Englishman at £25million, and would be willing to use either a transfer or loan to Leipzig as a means of securing their centre-back.
Leipzig are thought to be more keen for a permanent deal for Smith-Rowe if Upamecano leaves, but he could rejoin the German club on loan if all else fails.
Wolves target budget defender
Instead, the West Midlands club will target Lazio’s Wallace, 24, for €6million to add depth to their defence.
Bielsa keen on Liverpool winger
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly keen on signing Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, who spent last season on loan at Rangers.
Rangers were said to be keen on resigning the 22-year-old, but Liverpool only want to sell the player for a fee in the region of £10 million.
The Express reported today that Kent is on Leeds’ agenda as they look to secure a return to the Premier League.
Mesut Ozil representative set for exploratory talks with DC United over transfer
DC United are set for talks with representatives of Mesut Ozil, as they seek a replacement for Wayne Rooney.
The MLS side are looking for another big-name to replace their current captain, who has agreed to join Derby County in January.
Now parties from both sides are set to meet in Washington next week, for exploratory discussions.
Arsenal remain open to offers for former Germany international Ozil.
Tottenham hopeful of pulling off transfer coup for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho
Pochettino worked briefly with Coutinho when the 27-year-old was at Espanyol.
With interest across Europe in the player – and his £200,000-a-week wages – Spurs know they are underdogs in the race to sign him but are hopeful of pulling off a coup.
Christian Eriksen is available for a staggering £50million less than Tottenham‘s original asking price.
Eriksen made it clear he wants a new challenge earlier in the window, prompting Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to splash the cash on Tanguy Ndombele and consider a loan move for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho.
Eriksen is in the final year of his contract, and there are fears in north London that if Tottenham fail to sell him this summer he could walk away on a free next July.