That is according to a report from Wales Online, which includes Wolves in a list of four clubs who have shown an interest in the 23-year-old, with the other three potential destinations being Leeds United, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
It is said in the report that the Englishman’s metrics from last season have been a “key factor” in attracting Premier League interest. Downes made the sixth-most passes per game in the Championship last season, with his 92.6% pass success rate seeing him top the charts as the best passer in the division.
The report added that, whilst there has not been any contact from Leeds, the likes of Southampton, Palace and Wolves have all made “tentative enquiries” over the midfield asset.
With three years left to run on his current contract, it is said that Downes possesses a value of around £11m to £12m.
Hailed by Swansea manger as an “incredible” player “who does the dirty work”, Downes has been able to prove himself as a stabiliser in the 36-year-old’s possession-based team since his move from Ipswich Town last year.
The Swans topped the possession ranks in the Championship last term, averaging a mouth-watering 63.9% of the ball, and Downes plays a big part in how the team operates. Effectively, he pulls the strings in the engine room along with Matt Grimes, distributing the ball with ease and class.
Averaging just 49.5% possession in 2021/22, ranking them the ninth-worst in the Premier League at keeping the ball, Wolves could do with a true stabiliser in midfield. The 23-year-old would give them another dimension in progressing towards the opponent’s attacking third, rather than just looking for counter-press opportunities.
Their most reliagle distributor of the ball last season was Ruben Neves with just 54.8 passes per game. For comparison, Downes averages 71.5 passes per game and also clocked roughly the same rate of interceptions as Neves (1.4), with 1.3 per 90.
Lage could bag Wolves a real gem in the Swansea pass-master, and it’s a prospective deal which should most certainly be taken further by the Old Gold.