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Osorio could have been Wolves’ next Jota

Wolves have been heavily linked with Universidad de Chile winger Dario Osorio in recent months but it seems as if the Old Gold are now set to lose out on the exciting youngster.

What’s the word?

Reports from earlier this year went as far as to suggest that Wolves had agreed on a deal to sign the 18-year-old but there was never any official confirmation from the club, with it seemingly likely that the Chilean would make the move to Molineux during the January transfer window.

However, it has now been suggested that Wolves have been pipped at the post for Osorio, as he is reportedly closing in on a move to Brazilian club Red Bull Bragantino.

Spanish news outlet Sport have claimed that the Wolves and Barcelona target is set to swap one South American side for another, and will join the Red Bull outfit in a deal worth £7m, presumably with the view of joining Red Bull Salzburg or Red Bull Leipzig in the future, should he prove to be a success in Brazil.

Lopetegui would have loved him

Julen Lopetegui has now officially started work as Wolves manager and given the lack of attacking options available to him at Molineux right now, he would have surely loved to have acquired an exciting young winger early in the January window.

Osorio has notched seven goals in just 27 appearances for Universidad de Chile so clearly knows where the back of the net is, something which cannot be said for many of Wolves’ current attacking contingent.

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Journalist Juan Cristobal Guarello wrote about the teenager’s potential move to Wolves in a column for Chilean publication La Tercera.

He said: “(Osorio to Wolves would be) the largest transfer in Chilean football for more than a decade.

“Dario Osorio is good. Really good. He carries the ball well. He knows how to turn, he has power, technique and strikes the ball in an extraordinary way. With the right support and work, he can reach his full potential.”

Unfortunately for Wolves, it looks as if they are set to miss out on the goalscoring winger, who could well have proved to be the next Diogo Jota at Molineux.

The Portugal international joined the Old Gold from Porto in a permanent deal in 2018, having starred for them on loan in the Championship title-winning season.

He would hit 44 goals and 19 assists for the club in just 131 appearances, which is a goal-to-game ratio (every 2.98 games) the Midlands club could only dream of now, given their woes in front of goal so far this campaign.

Blessed with a high level of ball carrying and technique, the Portuguese sensation is certainly very similar to Osorio and fans would undoubtedly have been excited to see him in Wolves colours.

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Jota would eventually complete a £45m move to Liverpool in 2020 and the Old Gold have seriously struggled to find a natural goalscorer since then.

As a result, it is undoubtedly a blow that they are missing out on the young Chilean, given that he has also averaged a similar goal-to-game ratio of (3.86) in his short career so far.