The rise to prominence of Diogo Jota and Adama Traore in the Wolves shirt this season has been tremendous to watch, with the pair being vital to the Wanderers’ stellar campaign so far.
In the 3-4-3 Nuno Espirito Santo likes to deploy Jota and Traore have thrived this season, but the impressive performances may mean the two could move this summer.
The pair are continually being linked with moves away from the club, which would leave Nuno with some pretty big gaps to fill. The January signing of Daniel Podence was a promising one, but Wolves could still do with some further star power in the final third if they want to continue pushing for European football.
Here’s a few suggestions of who they could go after in summer…
The young Frenchman has had an up and down stint at Newcastle, but remains one of the most exciting players to watch in the Premier League.
Despite only scoring three goals in all competitions so far, Saint-Maximin has caught the eye of many with his tidy dribbling, natural flair and explosive pace. However, with an obvious lack of quality limiting Newcastle in attack, the Frenchman struggles for service and support.
If given the chance to play in a system that would better suit his abilities, surrounded by players of a higher quality, Saint-Maximin could quickly turn into one of the Premier League’s most dangerous wingers. And at just 23 years old, he fits the bill as Wolves continue to target long-term options.
Potential Price: £25m-38m
A versatile winger, Milot Rashica would add another dimension to Wolves’ attack.
The 23-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga this season for Werder Bremen, who are currently fighting to maintain top flight status. Rashica’s output has been vital in this fight, as he’s managed 10 goals and five assists in all competitions so far.
Rashica is right-footed, but best operates on the left flank where he can cut inside and cause defenders a variety of problems. He’s pacy, a competent crosser and has a rocket of a shot on him.
His versatile skill set would see him slot in perfectly into Nuno’s dynamic front three, but Wolves would have to do some convincing as they face competition from Liverpool, according to reports.
Potential Price: £31m-40m
The Mexican winger signed for Napoli last summer and has endured a difficult time so far, but would be an ideal candidate for the Premier League’s physical game.
Lozano, nicknamed ‘Chucky’, is only 24, and earned his move to Serie A after an impressive spell with PSV in the Eredivisie. However, failure to replicate that form in his debut season has led to speculation of him moving on once more, with England an option.
Lozano is an engine and would work tirelessly in Nuno’s system, which could see him used on either side of the pitch, as well as in behind the striker if needs be.
However, Napoli might not be too keen on giving up on their investment just yet having paid a club record €42m, meaning Wolves might have to reach deep into their pockets for his services.
Potential Price: £38m-45m
It’s been a whirlwind few years for the Belgian winger, who was once tipped to be the next big thing at Manchester United.
Januzaj joined Real Sociedad permanently in 2017 and after a slow start, things look to finally be going his way. Now 25, he’s shaken off the reputation that seemed to haunt him in his early years, managed to knuckle down and recapture some form, finally applying the talent he’s always had.
This season, Januzaj has been key for the Spanish side. He has six goals and four assists to his name in all competitions, and has been a consistent threat when playing on the right wing – a role he once played in the Manchester United reserves.
Technically sound, agile, and competent in front of goal, Januzaj is capable of bolstering an attack. Perhaps making a move for him and relocating him once more, when he’s just finding his feet in La Liga, is a slight risk. But, if Wolves stick by him and let him play to his strengths on the right flank, it could reap major rewards.
Potential Price: £20m-30m