Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Jose Mourinho’s Roma are all pushing to sign Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan, and why manager Julen Lopetegui is fuming has been revealed.
Lopetegui was drafted in at Molineux back in November and his first order of business was to secure the club’s Premier League status.
Wolves did just that under the Spaniard and have marched up to 13th in the table. If results later today go their way, Wolves may even finish above Chelsea in 12th.
However, any hopes of Wolves spending big this summer and pushing back into the top half appear to have taken a hit.
Indeed, the Mirror report a ‘dismayed’ Lopetegui has been told by club chiefs several first-team stars must be sold this summer to help conform with Financial Fair Play.
Midfield maestro Ruben Neves could be among those who depart, with todays’ Transfer Gossip detailing a potential £50m move to Liverpool.
Elsewhere, the Mirror bring news of versatile forward, Hwang Hee-chan, being a man in demand.
Hwang in demand; Lopetegui wants quick resolution
The publication state the South Korea international is courting interest from Spurs, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Roma.
Tottenham could hold an advantage through the presence of Hwang’s international teammate, Son Heung-min.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have reportedly made an enquiry as they seek to bolster their ranks ahead of a first return to the Champions League since 2003.
Villa too might be in Europe pending results on the final day. Mourinho’s Roma will be in the Champions League if they defeat Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Hwang was a £14m signing from RB Leipzig after initially impressing while on loan at Molineux. The Mirror don’t state how much Hwang will now command if allowed to leave.
What is clear, though, is Lopetegui won’t be at all happy at losing a player he’s featured heavily in 2023. Indeed, the Mirror state Lopetegui is ‘loathe to lose’ his lively frontman.
Yet the club’s finances are likely to dictate the situation and in Hwang, Wolves have a player who is in high demand.
Crucially, it’s noted Lopetegui wants any necessary exits wrapped up without haste. As such, we shouldn’t have long to wait before finding out what’s in store for the likes of Neves, Hwang and co.
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