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Wolves: Lopetegui can land a dream first signing in Fernandez

Wolves are already planning for the January transfer window under Julen Lopetegui and it seems as if the Spaniard is keen on a reunion with Nacho Fernandez.

Reports from Spain have suggested that Lopetegui is keen to reunite with both Fernandez and Mariano Diaz, having spent time managing the duo in his brief spell in charge of Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old centre-back is reportedly not in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and could be allowed to leave in January, having spent the entirety of his career with Los Blancos.

Dream first signing

Fernandez came through the youth academy with the La Liga giants and has gone on to make 285 appearances for the first team, scoring 15 goals and assisting nine.

The experienced defender has had to compete with world-class defenders such as Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Raphael Varane and David Alaba during his time with the club but has always been a reliable member of the squad, which suggests that he could be a quality addition at Molineux in January.

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Given Wolves have won just twice in the Premier League so far this season and currently sit 19th in the top flight, Lopetegui will need some natural winners both on and off the pitch if he is going to turn things around.

Fernandez, who earns £129k-per-week at Madrid would certainly bring a winning mentality with him should he make the switch to the Midlands club in January, as he has helped Real Madrid to five Champions League titles and three La Liga titles during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

There is little doubt that Wolves need more depth in defence after Bruno Lage allowed Romain Saiss, Willy Boly and club captain Conor Coady to depart during the summer transfer window, bringing in just Nathan Collins as a replacement.

Although scoring goals has been Wolves’ main problem this season, Lopetegui should have Raul Jimenez available when he takes charge of his first game after the World Cup break, so he should prioritise bringing in a defender.

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Fernandez is well-known to Lopetegui, having made 11 appearances under him at Madrid, and would be a cheap and experienced player for Wolves to have for the rest of the season. All they need is more options and if they boost the appeal of being experienced and a winner, it can only be a good things for the club.

Those positives, along with the pairing’s pre-existing relationship would make him something of a dream first signing for the Spaniard if Fosun can get a deal across the line.

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