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Wolves plot move for Geoffrey Kondogbia

Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

What’s the word?

That is according to a report from Goal Espana, who claimed that Bruno Lage‘s side have “monitored” the 29-year-old, with Atletico willing to consider a “good offer” for the Central African Republic international.

The “Octopus”

Dubbed “El Pulpo” in Spain, which translates to “the octopus” – as per Domingo Ortiz on Twitter – Kondogbia has earned his nickname for his ball recovery in midfield.

In fairness, this billing by the Spanish media is entirely apt, with his average of 12 ball recoveries per match placing him in the elite category for positionally similar players in Europe’s top 5 leagues.

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In comparison, N’Golo Kante – who is renowned for winning back possession – achieves roughly 8.5 ball recoveries per game, which is nowhere near the elite category considering his position, according to FBRef.

Wolves star Ruben Neves boasts an average of around 10.7 ball recoveries per match, with team-mate Leander Dendoncker averaging 8.2 recoveries per game.

All of the aforementioned players are very sufficient in this area, but with both Neves and Dendoncker potentially departing Molineux this summer, Lage will need at least one replacement midfielder. ‘El Pulpo’ would provide that option and more to the 45-year-old.

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The Central African Republic player is more defensive-minded than both Neves and Dendoncker, with his average of six tackles and interceptions per game bettering the Wolves pair’s numbers. Neves comes the closest with an average of five, whilst Dendoncker falters in comparison with an average of three.

These numbers may not seem too dissimilar, but if a player is achieving superior numbers in and around the middle and defensive third like Kondogbia is, it could only enhance the defensive stability of Lage’s team.

The signing of the £13.5m-rated player would give Lage the license to axe Neves and Dendoncker, who cost the Molineux club a reported £133k per week in wages, as per Salary Sport.

Kondogbia’s attributes out of possession would likely enable him to fill the void in the midfield, although it could be worth pairing the 29-year-old workhorse with a more creative threat in what could be a powerhouse of a midfield for the Old Gold next season.

In other news: Lage could end Wolves’ goal draught with 6 ft 2 striker who “can’t stop scoring”…

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