The Wolves supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their return to the Premier League next season following an emphatic campaign in the second-tier of English football.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have ran away with the Championship title this season and thoroughly deserve their place in the top-flight of English football next season. Our resident Wanderers are unsurprisingly buzzing about the prospect of playing in the Premier League next season after a 6 year absence, but they are firmly aware that a difficult task lies ahead this summer.
The quality of Wolves’ performances this season suggests they should be able to hold their own in the top-flight, but the acquisition of a handful of new players will certainly aid their cause. And according to The Sun, Wolves have already begun preparing for the summer window by targeting Manchester City’s Eliaquim Managala.
Mangala (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola in the past two seasons and the recent arrival of Aymeric Laporte has all but ensured he will be surplus to requirements this summer. In fairness to the French international, he has had plenty of opportunities to prove himself, but he has consistently proven to be unreliable and erratic when called upon.
Fundamentally, Managala is an athlete before he is a footballer; he is quick, strong and a commanding aerial presence, but without a footballing brain those attributes can only take you so far in the Premier League. With that to consider, Wolves should abandon their pursuit of Mangala this summer as his arrival at the club would tarnish their chances of remaining in the top-flight.
There are plenty of alternative options for Wolves to pursue this summer and if they wish to build a solid defence during the summer window they would be wise to avoid a move for City’s lacklustre centre-back.
Wolves fans – thoughts? Let us know below!