Edson Alvarez can bounce back from dire World Cup to help solve large Wolves issue

According to Mediotiempo, Wolves have entered discussions to sign Mexican centre-back Edson Alvarez.

What’s the word?

Alvarez is one of the best talents coming out of Mexican football at the moment, a nation which appears to be flourishing when it comes to football.

In recent years they’ve uncovered the likes of Hirving Lozano and Erick Gutierrez whilst Hector Herrera and Miguel Layun have also played their trade in Europe.

Wolves’ own Raul Jimenez is another to have thrived on the continent.

However, a further could now be making his move to England with Alvarez attracting the interest of Wolves, per Mediotiempo.

They claim that the Midlands club have already contacted the defender over a possible move which could end up costing them $10m (£7.88m) if they pay his termination clause.

The Mexican international has recently signed a new deal with Club America until 2022.

Worth the hassle?

The 21-year-old was a surprising pick by El Tri at the 2018 World Cup but turned out to be a complete flop after failing to impress. The fact he was named in WhoScored’s worst rated team of the tournament tells you all you need to know.

He came off the bench in their opening game against Germany but started their next three games. Featuring at right-back, he looked miles out of his depth, especially against Neymar when Mexico lost in the last 16 against Brazil.

Despite that, Wolves supporters shouldn’t dismiss his capabilities.

Boasting similar traits to former Barcelona man Rafael Marquez, he’s had a brilliant season for Club America, a team Jimenez also starred for before coming to Europe.

The defender has come on leaps and bounds since last summer and his versatility can particularly improve Wolves.

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Their lack of depth is a major issue going into next season, but considering the number of positions he can play in, he’d be a player capable of covering multiple bases if Nuno Santo finds himself short.

As well as being able to play in central defence and as a full-back, the 6 ft 1 man is also an effective holding player.

With the Europa League looming, Alvarez would be a smart addition, especially at the low price he may be available for.