According to a new report coming from Goal, Wolverhampton Wanderers have entered the race to sign Atletico Madrid outcast Thomas Lemar.
It seems that Lemar is one of the players Diego Simeone is willing to sacrifice this January as the young winger has largely failed to meet his expectations in the Spanish capital.
Goal also emphasise that the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, might play a crucial part in this potential deal as he’s already managed to move players like Jonny Otto and Diogo Jota to Wolves from the Rojiblancos.
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The same source also states that Atletico are ready to accept a loan deal for their fringe player but only if there is an option to buy permanently for at least €40m (£34m).
Of course, the idea is to recuperate the majority of what was invested in him originally as Simeone’s men forked out around £63m to land their man in 2018.
Unfortunately, Lemar has only been a shadow of a player we enjoyed watching back at Monaco.
In France, the now 24-year-old winger scored 22 goals and assisted a further 33 and that was largely at the very beginning of his career. A move to Spain looked promising but with just three goals in 64 games, it’s safe to say that something went wrong.
And now, it truly may be for the best if Lemar and Atletico Madrid part ways in January.
A loan deal Goal have reported does sound good for both sides, especially if the Rojiblancos manage to secure that option to buy clause in the contract.
Maybe Lemar can rediscover his form in England under Nuno Espirito Santo and then the Spanish giants can decide what to do with him once his spell comes to an end.
£34m is still a long way short of the fee they initially paid to sign him but it’s still better than watching the player rot away on the bench.
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