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Wolves: Atletico Madrid eye Rafa Mir

Wolves: Atletico Madrid eye Rafa Mir - Wolves

Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Rafa Mir, according to Spanish newspaper AS (via Sport Witness).

The lowdown

Mir has only ever made four senior appearances for Wolves, and none of those have come in the Premier League. He spent the 2020/21 season on loan at La Liga outfit Huesca, and even as they unsuccessfully battled relegation, he netted 13 goals.

That’s as many as Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, who moved to the Camp Nou for a full £107m, could manage.

Mir, who will represent Spain at the Tokyo Olympics, has one year left on his contract at Molineux and is valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt.

The latest

AS claimed(via Sport Witness) that Atletico have been admirers of Mir for a ‘long time’ and could escalate their interest. They are looking to sign a striker who can provide cover and competition for Luis Suarez.

It’s not just Atletico in the frame, though, with Mir’s exploits at Huesca apparently catching the eye of ‘multiple teams’, but Diego Simeone’s side could look to tap into their ‘great relationship’ with Wolves after they struck deals for Diogo Jota and Jonny Castro Otto.

The verdict

New Wolves manager Bruno Lage has shown a preference for a 4-4-2 formation. If he adopts that shape at Molineux, you’d think the returning Raul Jimenez would guaranteed one of the two starting spots given his goalscoring record prior to fracturing his skull.

Does Lage go with teenager Fabio Silva, or consider bringing Mir back into the fold? The latter’s goal return was impressive considering Huesca’s struggles, but it should be noted that he considerably under-performed on his xG tally of 16.5.

Perhaps Wolves should look at that concerning figure and take what could be their final opportunity to cash in on Mir, whose stock is quite high after a prolific season.

In other news, Wolves are expected to bid for another young forward. 


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