Bruno Lage’s first summer at Wolverhampton Wanderers has been a tame affair.
The Portuguese boss hasn’t been supplied with a war chest in order to bring new players in and as a consequence, the Old Gold still look light on first-team names.
The encouraging sign for Wolves supporters is that Lage and Fosun do have their eyes set on bringing some fresh faces to the club in the remaining days of the window.
While a move for Cardiff striker Kieffer Moore has been touted, they also want to bring another midfielder to the club if you believe reports.
Wolves have set their sights on Roma gem Amadou Diawara throughout the summer but it was thought the Guinean had rejected a proposal to sign him a few months back.
However, according to Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), that offer is still on the table for Diawara as his club aim to shift him before the deadline closes.
According to CIES, the midfield brute is valued at around €20m (£17m).
With the new manager admitting last week that Wolves were training with no more than 15 senior players, it’s easy to see why they need to dip their toes into the transfer market.
Signing a further midfielder might look strange on the surface, however. Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho have both started the season emphatically, putting in some classy performances against Tottenham and then Nottingham Forest.
Yet, they do arguably lack depth in that position. Morgan Gibbs-White is a more offensive midfielder while Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker were preferred in defence during the latter stages of Nuno Santo’s tenure.
Wolves also lost Vitinha this summer when they opted against signing the Portuguese dynamo on a permanent transfer.
Consequently, the idea of signing Diawara is an attractive one. Like Neves and Moutinho, he’s incredibly assured in possession of the ball.
Last campaign, the 24-year-old completed 89.7% of his passes in the top-flight of Italian football. His tally over the last year, meanwhile, puts him in the 87th percentile among fellow midfield players in Europe’s top five leagues.
Regularly successful in winning back the ball for his team, Diawara was once described as a “phenomenon” by his former coach, Fabrizio Tazzioli.
Combine that with the fact he’s been compared to Marcel Desailly and the thought of signing him becomes even more attractive.