Wolves have suffered a seismic setback in their pursuit to land Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan in January.
Simakan off the table
The 20-year-old has caught the eye of a number of clubs following an impressive breakthrough year in Ligue 1, already amassing 42 games and 3,387 minutes of play (TransferMarkt).
Claims were made by TuttoMercatoWeb that AC Milan were in talks with the French centre-back as they would like him to make the move to the San Siro, with Les Coureurs holding out for bids in the region of between £13.5m and £18m, but Wolves were said to keen to beat the Italian giants to his signature.
However, according to transfer market expert Nicolo Schira, the Rossoneri have come to an agreement with Simakan on a five-year contract, meaning that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will miss out on securing the services of a player who has been described as a “natural leader” after progressing through the ranks at Marseille (via BTL).
Translated on Twitter, Schira said:
“The hot name for the defence of #ACMilan is Mohamed #Simakan: there is already an agreement with the 2000 class for a contract until 2025. We are now seeking an agreement with the #Strasbourg.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This will be considered as a big blow to Wolves, who were keen on bolstering their backline with young talent.
With the transfer window looming, Nuno will have to consider an alternative to bring in if he wants to rotate his the members of his usual defensive back three.
Time will tell whether Wolves opt to make another move – or if they will stick with their current options until the end of the campaign.
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