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Lopetegui plans to raid his former club as Wolves target £12m capture to bolster survival chances

Ben Stewart
Marcos Acuna (19) of Sevilla FC and Victor Kristiansen (34) of FC Copenhagen

New Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui already has his sights set on one of his former players as he looks to avoid the drop with Wolves.

Wolves find themselves in a tricky scenario as they currently sit bottom of the league. Having only picked up 10 points all season, Lopetegui has a huge job on his hands to turn around their fortunes.

Goals have been a major problem so far as they have only hit the back of the net eight times. They boast the worst goalscoring record in the league and desperately need a change of fortunes.

Lopetegui is looking to use his contacts in the game and is currently considering a move for Marcos Acuna.

According to a report from Vamos Mi Sevilla FC, Wolves are said to be one of four clubs currently interested in the full-back.

Acuna has featured in 15 matches for Sevilla this season. He has experience in the Champions League and was originally signed by Lopetegui when he first came to Sevilla.

The 31-year-old is currently starring for Argentina at the World Cup. He has featured in both of their matches so far and played a full 90 minutes against Mexico.

His primary position is as a left-back or wing-back, but he is also capable of playing in midfield.

Wolves already have an array of high-profile stars in their squad and Acuna could prove to be a welcomed addition.

Along with Wolves, the report claims that Villarreal, Inter Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt are also interested.

Acuna’s current deal with Sevilla runs until 2025 and they hope to receive at least £12m if they were to sell him.

Lopetegui has a tough job

There can be no denying that Lopetegui has a huge job on his hands to turn things around at Wolves.

His first game in charge of the squad will be an FA Cup fixture against Gillingham.

The new manager has already spoken on the challenges he believes he will face in the Premier League.

“I need to know more about my players,” he told the official Wolves website.

“This is the first task that we have and, in the end, choose the way to play. We are in the main league in the world and it’s not only about the physicality, obviously in the Premier League you have to be physical, but technically and tactically, because that’s why I want to be here in the Premier League.

“Each country has its characteristics, it’s different, I think this is part of the culture of the Premier League. But I am very happy and now, we are here, and we have to work very hard to adapt, to know more about the culture, to respect a lot the football culture, and to try to have our personality and to translate my personality and idea, my way to play football.

“But the main actors are on the pitch. We can only help them. They are the actors and we are going to try to convince them.”

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