The Verdict: Would Domagoj Vida be a hit at Wolves?

According to Turkish media outlet Sporx, Wolves are interested in Croatian defender Domagoj Vida.

This isn’t the first time he’s attracted the eyes of the Midlands club, though. Last summer, Sabah claimed they were targeting the 29-year-old but a move never materialised after they reported that he could have been available for €18m (£15.56m).

The price tag now, however, has dropped, as Sporx claim a fee of €15m (£12.95m) may be enough to prise him away. Transfermarkt currently rate the player at £9m.

A year on from when their initial interest spawned, it will be intriguing to see whether one of the stars of the World Cup in Russia finally makes his move to the Premier League.

With this in mind, Football FanCast writers have given their verdicts on whether they think Vida would be a hit at Molineux.

Harry Sherlock:

“No one really knows. Vida is something of an unknown quantity and, at the £15m quoted, would be a major risk for Wolves, who have had such a solid record in defence. He did play well during Croatia’s run to the World Cup final but an old adage goes that clubs should not sign players based on their displays in major tournaments.”

Jack Saville:

“It would be an absolute steal for Wolves to land Vida at just £15 million. He is a player with rich experience at both club and international level and the fact he made Dejan Lovren look like an excellent defender at the World Cup tells you all you need to know about the extent of his ability. Wolves are lacking depth in central defence but his arrival would go a long way to solving that problem. Boly and Coady would be delighted to have a player of his pedigree playing alongside them next season.”

Billy Meyers:

“Whilst he was a colossus at the World Cup, Domagoj Vida should not be a player on the radar of any Premier League club in truth, let alone the ambitious Wolves. The centre-back will be 30 in a matter of days, so for the quoted £15m price tag, the Croatian wouldn’t represent a good long-term investment – in some ways, he would just be yet another Ryan Bennett, which would leave Wolves needing to replace two members of their backline in a few years.”

Matt Dawson: 

“Vida was absolutely sensational in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final last summer but his quality outside of playing for his national team is rather unknown. Having played just once in Europe’s top five leagues you have to doubt whether he’d have the quality to be a hit with Wolves in the Premier League. Nuno Santo needs greater depth but signing a player who’s soon to become 30 for such a fee would be questionable business.” 

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