Wolves had quite a busy January transfer window, depending on which way you look at it. There may have only been one senior incoming, but Fosun continued to invest heavily in the academy setup. Now, Tim Spiers has revealed a key detail over one of their new additions.
Only Daniel Podence has gone straight into Nuno Santo’s first-team following a £16.9m switch from Olympiacos whilst the likes of Leonardo Campana, Nigel Lonwijk and Enzo Loiodice were key U23 signings.
The latter joined on loan from Ligue 1 outfit Dijon, and the west Midlanders have an option to make the move permanent in the summer, the fee has now been detailed in one of Spiers’ latest columns for The Athletic.
Here’s what he has said:
Pedro Neto’s rapid rise from youth team prospect to first-team stardom shows how the door for a similar pathway is always open, at least while Nuno is in charge.
It makes a temporary switch with a view to a long-term stay quite the shrewd move to make as if he impresses during the next four or five months, he will almost certainly be signed on and at £1.6m that would be quite the steal – provided he catches the eye, of course.
Loiodice has already made 21 appearances in the French top-flight, considered one of the top five leagues in the world alongside the Premier League, so that pedigree is surely there.
The 19-year-old was once compared to Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso whilst he may have moulded his own game on Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta as he is a player the Frenchman idolises, as per Goal.
Joao Moutinho may have signed a new contract this campaign, but he’s not getting any younger at 33 years of age, so might Loiodice be in mind to take over the throne later down the line?
Only the next couple of months will tell.