Wolves to rival Man City in chase for defensive reinforcement

Date published: Sunday 11th July 2021 2:07 - Dan Burnham

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Wolves have reportedly taken an interest in a defender that Manchester City were surprisingly linked with to provide reinforcement in their backline.

Bruno Lage has wasted no time getting to work after taking over as Wolves’ new manager. He completed the signing of 20-year-old Colombian defender Yerson Mosquera from Atletico Nacional last month. Then a week ago the club announced young Portuguese winger Francisco Trincao had joined on a season-long loan from Barcelona. 

Their third summer signing has since come through the door at Molineux. Left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri, who was on-loan with the club last season, signed a five-year contract on Friday.

Ait-Nouri, 20, made 24 appearances for Wolves in all competitions under Nuno Espirito Santo. Despite Nuno’s departure, he has made the switch from French side Angers permanent.

And it looks like Wolves are seeking another addition to the left side of their defence for next season.

Their other option in the position, Jonny, will be unavailable for a number of months after tearing both his ACL and MCL in April.

Therefore, according to The Sun on Sunday (via The Boot Room), the West Midlands outfit are keen on bringing in Fulham’s Antonee Robinson.

Robinson joined the Cottagers last summer after impressing in the Championship for Wigan Athletic.

His performances had been so eye-catching that Serie A giants AC Milan had agreed a £10m deal for him six months earlier. However, in a cruel twist of fate, complications with his medical caused the deal to fall through.

Ultimately, he ended up at Craven Cottage. He made 28 Premier League appearances as Fulham were relegated.

His talent and potential remained clear to see in the top-flight, so much so that another big move could be on the cards for the 23-year-old, this time to City.

The Premier League champions were recently linked with the defender to provide more depth in their squad. Now Wolves are said to be interested for the same purpose.

Robinson would certainly fit Lage’s pattern of youthful recruitment so far this window. The report states he may make a move if the USA international is available for the £10m that AC Milan were set to pay for him.

Robinson in, Neves out?

Meanwhile, a report in Portugal claims Arsenal have already opened talks over a move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves in the summer transfer window.

The Portugal international moved to Molineux in the summer of 2017. Wolves paid a fee in the region of £16m to Porto. And the Black Country outfit have got their money’s worth out of the talented schemer.

He has made 176 appearances in all competitions across four seasons. The Mozelos-born star has started 100 top-flight games during the past three campaigns and bagged 11 goals.

But finding the net is a bonus as Neves is a defensive midfielder with a great eye for a pass. They are attributes admired by Gunners chief Mikel Arteta who is looking for a replacement for Granit Xhaka.

READ MOREArsenal ‘in talks’ over Xhaka replacement as Arteta targets midfield class

 

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