The Old Gold’s hopes of bringing the World Cup winner to Molineux this month in a deal worth €12m (£10.3m) appeared to have been scuppered during the tournament in Qatar when fellow Sevilla left-back Alex Telles picked up an injury with Brazil.
However, recent reports have claimed that the La Liga club are keen on signing Rayan Ait-Nouri in the January transfer window, which could allow Lopetegui to be reunited with a player he trusted to be a regular during his spell managing Los Hispalenses.
The 31-year-old would bring a wealth of experience with him to Molineux which isn’t currently present at left-back, with Lopetegui alternating between the youthful duo of Ait-Nouri and Bueno during his time in charge of the Old Gold.
Acuna made 84 appearances under Lopetegui, at Sevilla so the Wolves boss would know exactly what he is getting should the Argentina international come to Molineux this month, and his quality and experience could well be preferable in a relegation battle.
The Sevilla defender has also averaged more interceptions (one vs 0.8), key passes (1.1 vs 0.9) and shots (1.1 vs 0.3) than Bueno so far this term, which suggests that he could be a big upgrade at Molineux.
Only Jonny has been dribbled past more times per game among Wolves’ defensive options this season, which again suggests that the 20-year-old is not the ideal player to have starting every week at left-back during a battle to stay in the Premier League.
Signing Acuna would give Wolves more going forward, as WhoScored suggests that he excels at passing, dribbling and crossing. The latter has definitely been a problem area for the Old Gold in recent times, as their full-back options boast just two assists between them in the top flight so far this term.
The full-back would also arrive at Molineux bang in form, having been hailed for his “huge” World Cup displays in Qatar by journalist Ignacio Raposo.
Therefore, Jeff Shi should definitely do all that he can to reunite Lopetegui with Acuna at Molineux, as the 31-year-old could be a big player for Wolves on and off the pitch in the second half of the campaign.