Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with a move for Thomas Lemar, but their pursuit of the 24-year-old was always ambitious given his asking price and wage demands.
Wolves would have to pay £51m as a transfer fee and £18.4m in wages. And whether Lemar was open to leaving Atletico Madrid for Molineux remained to be seen too.
That not to say the Midlands outfit aren’t an attractive proposition. Wolves sit seventh in the Premier League with 31 points from 22 games. Only Liverpool (0) have lost fewer games (5).
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are in the last-32 of the Europa League too, so they can boast European football. They’ve never been ahead in the race for Lemar, however, and latest reports all but end their hopes of signing him.
According to the Daily Express, Atleti are on the hunt for a striker this month and could turn to Alexandre Lacazette if they fail to sign Edinson Cavani. They’re hoping that Arsenal will let him go if Lemar goes in the opposite direction.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear the French international is a realistic target for Wolves.