Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with a move for Thomas Lemar and may have to battle Arsenal and Tottenham for his signature. The 24-year-old has been short of form at Atletico Madrid and could be on his way out of the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium as a result. He won’t come cheap, however.
As per Ruben Uria and Charles Watts of Goal, Atleti want £51m for Lemar. The Rojiblancos paid £52.7m for the French international in 2018 and he’s gone on to make 64 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating nine goals. Lemar has featured 21 times this season, failed to score or make an assist, and has amassed only 947 minutes of football across the board.
He’s out of form and out of favour under Diego Simeone, but whether Wolves will capitalise on the situation remains to be seen. Lemar would break their transfer record and could have wage demands in excess of £101k-per-week/£5.25m-a-year.
The winger has three-and-a-half years remaining on his deal at Atleti, so Wolves would have to pay just shy of £70m – £51m (transfer fee) + £18.4m (salary) – for a player without a goal or assist to his name this season. Wolves may turn their attentions elsewhere as a result.