Wolves strengthened their squad significantly going into the new Premier League campaign having gained promotion from the Championship last season.
And one department that was reinforced in the summer was midfield. The experienced Joao Moutinho was brought in from AS Monaco while promising Belgian youngster Leander Dendoncker was also added to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
But, on top of Moutinho and Dendoncker, it is rumoured that Nuno had also been chasing another midfield man.
According to CalcioMercato, Wolves made a staggering offer of £36m plus £18m in bonuses for AC Milan’s Franck Kessie.
Atletico Madrid were also said to be interested in acquiring Kessie’s services, but Wolves are the only club alleged to have made a formal offer for the 21-year-old.
For a fee worth up to £54m, Wolves would have ended up overspending on the AC Milan man, while with the additions of Moutinho and Dendoncker to add to the brilliant Ruben Neves leaves Nuno with a very adequate midfield.
That being said, £27m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Kessie is a midfielder who would have brought much to Wolves in the middle of the park.
The tenacious box-to-box midfielder would have provided Nuno’s side with plenty of energy and been a great option for games against tough opposition.
Nuno, however, will still be satisfied with the arrivals of Moutinho and Dendoncker. And, with Neves also in midfield, the Portuguese coach will be confident his team can come out on top in a lot of midfield battles this season.