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Wolves: Fabrizio Romano claims Julen Lopetegui has eyes on Gerard Deulofeu deal

Wolverhampton Wanderers are now showing an interest in the Udinese forward Gerard Deulofeu as a potential option in this month’s window.

What’s the latest?

It is believed there is interest in the former Everton man this month coming from the Premier League with the likes of Aston Villa believed to be interested in the Spaniard.

The Wanderers have already added to their attacking line this month with the arrival of Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid in the early stages of the window and are set to add the likes of Joao Gomes and Pablo Sarabia.

But it seems as if Julen Lopetegui is still looking to improve his options following what has been an underwhelming start to the 2022/23 campaign before his arrival at Molineux.

And speaking on the House of Champions YouTube channel, Fabrizio Romano has suggested the Wolves boss, Lopetegui, is a big fan of the 79-goal forward:

“I think it’s about Udinese wanting to keep Deulofeu. For example, I’m told that also Wolves’ manager, Lopetegui, is [a] big fan of Deulofeu. So it’s true that Aston Villa like him, but also Wolves have been tracking him.”

Not settling for safety

Aforementioned, it has been a pretty poor start to the campaign from Wolves which has seen them among the bottom three for large periods of the season.

However, the arrival of Lopetegui has seen that change and the Wanderers are now beginning to climb their way up the Premier League table.

But it seems as if the Spaniard is not looking to settle for the improved results of late.

Wolves’ attack has been their weak link this season with the Wanderers having scored the fewest number of goals of any side in the top flight (12).

To try and change that, Wolves have signed Cunha, a young Brazilian who has shown plenty of promise during his time in the Bundesliga.

But he has not yet proven himself to be a prolific striker that could score 20 goals in a league campaign and drag Wolves out of the relegation picture.

With this in mind, it seems as if Lopetegui could be looking to improve his options as a whole rather than focusing on one single player to turn around their form.

And in Deulofeu, Wolves could potentially add a player who has impressed massively over the last season and a half in Italy with 15 league goals and 11 assists to his name since the start of the 2021/22 campaign (via Transfermarkt).

However, going off Romano’s comments, it does sound as if Wolves could find it tricky to prise him away from Serie A where he is enjoying his success.