Wolves have Jorge Mendes to thank in some way for their success having brought many of his clients to Molineux, but the latest name linked with a move to the Midlands is one they should look to swerve completely…
According to French outlet Le10 Sport, Nuno Santo’s side are thinking about a swoop for Atletico Madrid flop Thomas Lemar this summer with Premier League rivals Everton also keen.
It’s claimed that Mendes’ relationship with both the player and the club could help clinch the 24-year-old ahead of the Toffees.
Two years ago, the France winger joined the La Liga outfit for a whopping £52.7m but he has failed to hit the ground running under Diego Simeone.
Perhaps it is quite a surprise to learn that Lemar is still only 24 given that he was tipped for such great things from an early age, and whilst he undeniable still can turn it on at the click of a finger, those days have been far and few between.
He made his first-team debut for Caen aged just 17 and had grown up with comparisons to his childhood hero Andres Iniesta for his ‘vision and footwork.’
Lemar has also received plenty of plaudits from managers and teammates.
Ex-Monaco Leonardo Jardim boss called the winger a “top player,” former Gunners legend Robert Pires believed he’s a player “who can make a difference” and Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris lauded him as “extremely talented and lethal in front of goal.”
But this season, the 5 foot 8 speedster has failed to deliver, providing zero goals or assists for Atletico. Across La Liga and the Champions League, Lemar averaged just 0.9 dribbles, 0.6 shots and 0.4 key passes, via WhoScored.
Now valued at just over £21.5m by Transfermarkt, the French winger just doesn’t seem like a plausible option for Nuno at Molineux – even if Adama Traore is sold, they could do a lot better than this Mendes client.
AND in other news, Wolves can forget Matt Doherty with move for “formidable” £31.5m starlet…