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Wolverhampton Wanderers are surely set for a busy January transfer window, not at least as they look to cope with the demands this season’s Europa League has thrown at them.
BirminghamLive reported last month that the club were keen on adding a centre-back and a central midfielder at the next opportunity, and the former is now a pressing area of concern after mainstay Willy Boly broke his fibula during training.
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Nuno Santo has used just 18 players in this season’s Premier League with summer arrivals Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo only combining for four starts, per WhoScored.
While the club have been linked to plenty of defensive options over the past week or so alone, Diego Llorente and Gabriel Magalhaes to name just two, they could instead make a rather exciting addition further up the pitch.
Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb claim Wolves are ready to make an offer for Atalanta midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, and he could well be the perfect heir to Joao Moutinho’s throne.
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The 19-year-old has been outstanding whilst on loan at Serie A rivals Parma this season, scoring two goals and providing five assists, via WhoScored.
His performances have led to Italian media hyping him up to be the next Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose 33 goals and 24 assists in 177 appearances in midfield for Lazio has seen him frequently linked with a move to Manchester United, according to Sky in Italy via Sky Sports News.
And at the reported fee of £72m involved, it only highlights how much of a bargain Wolves would get in clinching the Swedish wonderkid as Kulusevski’s parent club are only demanding €25m (£21.5m) for his services.
Kulusevski is averaging 2.5 key passes, 2.4 dribbles and 1.2 tackles per game this Serie A campaign, which very much puts him in a similar mould to the Portuguese playmaker even if these numbers are actually vastly superior.
Therefore, the Sweden U21 international would be the perfect man to take over from the 33-year-old as his career begins to enter its twilight years.