Wolverhampton Wanderers are showing an interest in signing Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Wolves are expecting a bidding war between Real Madrid and Barcelona for Adam Traore, meaning that they are already planning for the possible eventuality of losing him.
It is suggested that Traore is rated at £70m, with Wolves’ hierarchy ready to back Nuno Espirito Santo in the transfer market to sign a replacement if he leaves, as they look to continue the club’s upward trajectory.
There may be some difficulty in signing the Frenchman though, as he signed a six-year deal when joining Newcastle in the summer, with the Magpies now likely being reluctant to sell.
However, if Wolves do end up losing Traore, they will seemingly do all they can to make Saint-Maximin his replacement.
The Spaniard has recorded some superb statistics for Wolves this season, specifically with his dribbling, averaging more per game than any other Premier League player with 5.2 per match.
That is not all he has shown in his game though, as only Kevin de Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Riyad Mahrez have more assists than Traore, while the Belgian is the only player to have a higher average WhoScored rating than his 7.72. He is also sixth on the leaderboard of fouls won per game.
Outside of the record statistics, Traore has recorded four goals, while making 1.4 key passes and 1.2 tackles per game.
All of this indicates just how difficult it will be for La Masia graduate to be replaced, though Saint-Maximin may be a good option to attempt that, notably because Wilfried Zaha is the only one who separates the two in terms of dribbles made.
Aside from that, Saint-Maximin has two goals and an assist in all competitions, while also averaging 1.3 key passes per game.
He is not necessarily the complete package yet, but Saint-Maximin’s dribbling style, physicality and flair indicate he could be nurtured into the type of player that Traore has become.