Wolves were “always” in the hunt for Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar over the summer, according to reports in Spain.
Lemar failed to secure a move away from Atletico during the summer transfer window, despite falling out of favour under Diego Simeone.
The Frenchman – a member of the triumphant 2018 World Cup squad – managed to make just one start after the return of La Liga in June, and seemed likely to move on in the transfer window.
There was talk of a potential move to Arsenal in a swap deal for Alexandre Lacazette, but the two clubs only did business regarding Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira.
Manchester United had also reportedly identified Lemar as an alternative target to Jadon Sancho, but failed to get either deal over the line.
Perhaps the most likely Premier League candidate for Lemar over the past few months was Wolves. With Atletico willing to let him go for a cut-price fee, they were battling Everton for his signature.
However, Lemar ended up staying in Madrid, where he has since managed just 13 minutes of action this season.
Now, a report from AS (via Sport Witness) has revealed why Lemar failed to secure a move away.
Wolves one of three to miss out
According to the Spanish source, there were three serious contenders for Lemar over the summer. As well as Wolves, Bayern Munich and Porto were keen on him.
However, none of the trio made an offer that Atletico deemed acceptable. Porto only wanted to take him on loan, whereas Bayern fell short of the asking price for a permanent transfer.
Wolves also failed to convince Atletico to let go of Lemar, who has since been promised more opportunities in the Spanish capital.
Lemar remains under contract at Atletico until 2023. The 24-year-old could still leave in January, but Simeone is willing to give him more chances first.