Bruno Lage has been in the Wolves hotseat for a few weeks now but he’s yet to conclude any transfer business.
The Old Gold may have to deal with potential departures before they welcome any new incomings, with Adama Traore and Ruben Neves reportedly both up for sale.
If the Portugal midfielder does leave the club, they’ll need to find a replacement in the middle of the park.
Wolves already have a number of defensive midfielders at their disposal but they could land a big upgrade in Roma’s Amadou Diawara. According to reports from Italy this week, the Old Gold have submitted a bid to sign the holding player.
Valued at €30m (£27m) this time last year, it’s unknown what sum of money they submitted for his services.
Unfortunately, it looks as though Diawara has rejected Wolves’ proposal. That’s despite the idea of Granit Xhaka joining the Italian club from Arsenal this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Wolves make another offer for the 23-year-old.
Wolves may have a plethora of options to play in a holding position but none are arguably more combative and forceful than Diawara, and Leander Dendoncker is one player who could suffer as a result of Wolves’ interest in the Guinea international.
The Belgian is currently playing at Euro 2020 for his country but had a rather indifferent season under Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux.
The 26-year-old played at centre-back and in midfield but failed to offer them much progression when in control of the ball, while his defensive statistics were also rather hit and miss.
Dendoncker won 1.04 tackles per game, which was fewer than Diawara’s impressive average of 1.64. Furthermore, the Wolves transfer target completed more interceptions (1.23 per match) than the Belgium international, who recorded 0.97 per game.
On top of that, the Guinean is a lot more comfortable in possession. He was successful with 89.3% of his passes last term; a number which put him in the 94th percentile for passing among midfielders in Europe’s top divisions. By comparison, Dendoncker ranks in the 71st percentile for completed passes.
The Roma enforcer hasn’t had the most traditional of upbringings but that hasn’t hindered his football development.
Robert Visan, an Italian agent and scout, noticed his talent from a young age and secured him a trial with a small club in the third division of San Marino back in 2015.
The club’s coach Fabrizio Tazzioli waxed lyrical about him, saying: “I saw the guy in training and thought that he is a phenomenon. He is not as strong physically, but better with his feet and has the same presence on the pitch.”
Being compared to Marcel Desailly, Diawara would be a fabulous capture for Bruno Lage and Wolves, and they must somehow convince him to come to Molineux.