Nuno eyes Bundesliga midfielder who is available on cheap for Wolves

Date published: Tuesday 9th March 2021 5:07 - Dan Burnham

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Wolves are targeting Bundesliga relegation-threatened Schalke midfielder Omar Mascarell, a report has claimed.

The 28-year-old was a regular for the German side before the turn of the year but has fallen out of favour in recent weeks amid a manager shuffle that has seen five different men at the helm this season.

They look destined for the drop, having picked up just 10 points with as many games of the season left to play.

The club are resigned to losing some of their key players in the summer. Their financial troubles off the pitch mean they be willing to sell at a cut-price.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is said to be interested in exploiting the situation by picking up Mascarell on the cheap, according to CaughtOffside.

It is reported that the Spaniard would be available for just over £4million. His contract expires in 2022, so it is expected that Schalke will have to cash in while they can.

Mascarell has featured predominantly in a defensive midfield role throughout his career. However, he can also be utilised in a slightly more advanced central position.

He came through the ranks at Real Madrid, who sold him initially to Eintracht Frankfurt before activating a buy-back clause in order to make profit in a sale to Schalke.

He has since made 66 appearances for Die Konigsblauen.

If Mascarell were to move to the Premier League, it would not be his first taste of English football.

He spent the 2014/15 season on-loan at Derby County, making 23 appearances at Pride Park.

Shock departure on the cards

Meanwhile, Wolves are reportedly willing to sell Adama Traore for a cut-price £30m this summer after the winger’s dramatic loss of form.

The former Middlesbrough man enjoyed a stellar season last time out with six goals and 12 assists from 54 appearances. That led to reported interest from some of Europe’s big guns, including Barcelona, Liverpool and Man City.

A price tag of £70m was mentioned for the speedy attacker.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has even spoken about the speedy winger publicly on more than one occasion.

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