Wolves have sold Rafa Mir to Sevilla, describing it as a “good move” for all parties after his contrasting fortunes in England and Spain.
Mir joined Wolves when they were still in the Championship, joining halfway through the season in which they won promotion. He struggled to adapt to English football though and played just four times. The striker has since endured loan spells of varying fortunes in England and Spain.
Back in his native country, Mir has been much more productive. He scored 13 La Liga goals for Huesca last season, but couldn’t prevent their relegation. In doing so, though, he earned admirers at the opposite end of the table.
Champions Atletico Madrid were thought to be close to signing him before Sevilla hijacked the transfer. Now, his move to the latter has been confirmed.
The terms of the transfer are not disclosed by Wolves, but they do confirm it is a permanent transfer. They hope it will be beneficial for all concerned.
Scott Sellars, Wolves technical director, said: “Rafa came to us as a young boy and now he’s leaving us having developed his career, but still looking to progress.
“Joining Sevilla is a good move for him and a good move for Wolves as well. He’s going back to La Liga, a league where he wants to play and where he’s had very successful loan spells, especially the last two years at Huesca.
“This has given him a lot of confidence to progress onto the next step in his career, and we’re pleased to have helped him in that journey.”
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) August 20, 2021
Mir, 24, has signed a six-year contract with Sevilla, with whom he will play Champions League football.
Mir move to accelerate West Ham plans?
A recent report suggested that Wolves’ sale of Mir could have consequences for one of their Premier League opponents.
West Ham are now looking into a deal for Sevilla striker Luuk De Jong as a result of Mir’s move to the Spanish side, according to 90min.
Finding a new centre-forward has been an area of focus for West Ham since selling Sebastien Haller in January. But they saw out the season without a replacement and are yet to sign one this summer.
De Jong, a Netherlands international,has only scored 19 goals in 94 games for his current club, but was previously prolific in the Eredivisie.
He does have some prior Premier League experience with Newcastle, although that spell was not particularly successful. Even so, he could earn a fresh opportunity in England at the age of 30.
De Jong is likely to see his opportunities at Sevilla reduced and he could be made available. In that case, West Ham may be the ones to benefit.