Willy Boly’s Wolves valuation as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur show defender interest
The January transfer window is closing in with the market re-opening in under three months – and already there could be a Wolverhampton Wanderers talking point emerging.
Wolves will have the opportunity to add to their squad, but other clubs could also look at trying to raid Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
Speaking in September, head coach Santo said: “If you want to build a new identity in a club you have to be open to receive new players, young players, and try to give them this identity based on principles, based on tasks.
“One of the aspects of this squad is that they understand how to behave when a young player comes because they were young once.
“Maybe the older player didn’t have the same behaviour with him, so it’s about helping and taking care of each other when you want to build an identity inside a club – a way of playing, and a way to be in this building.
“I am happy because all the players of the first team, every time a young boy comes to train with us, they help him. The best way for a young player is to just look around – all the experienced players have the tasks themselves. Imitate and relate the good things the older players do.”
What has been said about interest from north London? Here’s what we know about the speculation.
Tottenham ‘keeping close tabs’
Tottenham are monitoring the impressive centre-back as they weigh up a move in 2020, it has been claimed.
According to Football Insider, Boly is wanted by Spurs who have Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen out of contract next season.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are likely to be in the market for a defender with Premier League experience in the summer and Boly could fit the bill.
According to the Sun, Boly’s early season performances have done enough to convince Arsenal he could be the solution to their problems at the back.
David Luiz arrived this summer, but has done little to address the fragile issues which have hampered the Gunners for several seasons.
That report claimed Arsenal would be willing to shell out £25m to land the former France youth international.
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Our verdict on that price tag
BirminghamLive’s Wolves reporter Alex Dicken writes: “Those who’ve watched Boly regularly won’t be surprised to see him linked with the Premier League’s top brass – but the fee quoted will have prompted a few sniggers in Wolverhampton households.
“After a summer in which Harry Maguire – who is two years Boly’s junior at 26 – became the world’s most expensive defender after joining Manchester United from Leicester for £80million, prices for high quality centre-backs are set to be hiked.
“In terms of talent, Boly is comfortably among the best defenders in the top flight and he’d walk into any starting XI in the Premier League barring top two Liverpool and Manchester City.
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“Given Boly’s age and lack of international experience it’s difficult to put him on par with Maguire in terms of price, but £25million – a big improvement on the £10m Wolves paid Porto – wouldn’t represent great value to Molineux’s money men.
“The defender who has made the most headed clearances in the Premier League this season – and also features in the top 15 players for tackles and aerial challenges won – is unquestionably worth in excess of £30million in today’s market.”