Atletico Madrid are very keen on Wolves’ snapping up Thomas Lemar from them, according to reports in Spain.
According to Spanish publication La Razon (via Sports Mole), Atleti are wanting rid of their winger after he has failed to score or make an assist in 21 appearances so far this season.
The report states that they are seeking £60m for the player in the long run, but are willing to do a loan deal with an obligation to buy.
It goes onto state that despite rumours linking Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs, neither of these Premier League teams are plotting a move for the out of form winger.
It’s suggested that Atletico are now hoping that agent Jorge Mendes can find a solution to their problem off offloading the player, with those at Wolves also being a major client for the intermediary. In fact, it says Atleti are ‘desperate’ for a move to happen with the Premier League side.
However, with the asking fee so astronomical, there is little chance of Wolves spending that much money on the World Cup champion at this stage, and Mendes is likely to have his work cut out for him if he is to get the club onside.
Would you pay £60m for Thomas Lemar?
Definitely, class player
No thanks, not for that money
Maybe in the summer, we have bigger fish to fry
The opportunity of getting a player such as Thomas Lemar to the club is a huge one for Wanderers, but with there being positions that are needing strengthening more than the wingers, he is unlikely to be a priority at this stage.
Just yesterday Nuno Espirito Santo discussed how he was ‘confident’ of pulling off some January signings to the Independent, who state that he is after a defender and striker.
It’s hard to disagree with the outlet. The defence has been noticeably thin at times this season, with both Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss being asked to play at centre back for a large chunk of it. In attack, the departure of Patrick Cutrone means there isn’t really a like-for-like replacement for Raul Jimenez if he gets injured, so that’s clearly a very important void to fill.
Given that getting business done is particularly difficult in January, their focus is likely to be on these two positions, so there will be no rush to chuck £60m on Lemar this window.