Wolves missed out on their best summer signing by not securing late deal for Moses

According to the Daily Mirror’s James Nursey on Twitter, Wolves were interested in a late deadline day bid for Chelsea man Victor Moses, but no deal ever materialised for the 27-year-old.

What’s the story?

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte famously turned Moses into a wing-back at Chelsea, and Nursey reported that the Nigerian World Cup star was on the radar of Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo after Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko had turned down a move to the West Midlands.

Moses played 38 times in all competitions for Chelsea last season, scoring four goals and providing four assists as he acted as the wide-right outlet in Conte’s system.

However, with new boss Maurizio Sarri preferring a 4-3-3 formation, Moses will have to revert back to being an out and out winger higher up the pitch and will no longer be a guaranteed starter. If Wolves had gone in for the ex-Wigan man on deadline day they surely could have convinced him with the offer of regular game-time.

Maurizio Sarri on the touchline at the Community Shield

Nuno’s mistake

Santo prefers his team to play with wing-backs and Moses would have been a fantastic signing for the Premier League newcomers. Matt Doherty is currently the only senior right-sided defender at the club although new signing Jonny Castro can switch from the left if needed.

Moses though would have offered huge Premier League experience to a squad that, despite its obvious quality, is currently lacking in that department. Moses won the title in 2016/17 with Chelsea and could have brought as much to the dressing room at Molineux as he would have to the pitch.

Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 38-cap international could have been the most important signing of the summer for Santo among all the star names.