Although he was rarely seen in an Old Gold shirt, Wolves’ decision to sign Rafa Mir in 2018 proved to be a great deal from a financial perspective, as he was sold for a massive profit.
The Spanish striker joined Wolves in a £1.5m deal from Valencia in January 2018, in the hope that the youngster could help fire Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to promotion from the Championship.
He would make just one start in the FA Cup against Swansea that season, with his other three appearances coming from the bench, which suggests that he failed to make any real impact in the squad.
Few would have predicted that those would be his last appearances in a Wolves shirt, as a number of loan spells away from the club would follow, before a permanent exit to Sevilla in 2021.
Mir impressed with UD Las Palmas and SD Huesca in Spain, hitting 32 goals across three seasons in his home country, which attracted the interest of Champions League regulars, Sevilla, where he now earns £21k-per-week.
They would pay £13.7m for his services last year, which represents a huge increase on the £1.5m fee Wolves paid. This was remarkable business by the club when you consider that he did very little during his time at Molineux and failed to even appear in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old did enjoy a decent first season with Sevilla, hitting ten goals in La Liga, and perhaps had he stayed at Wolves he could have developed into a solid attacking option.
However, the club does deserve credit for the financial aspect of the Mir deal, as he won’t be remembered by many Wolves fans for his performances on the pitch.