Wolves have had a bid for Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby rejected by the La Liga club, according to reports from Spain.
Levante EMF reported that Wolves are among a multitude of clubs to have made a bid for the 22-year-old, but Valencia will not sell him for anything less than €40million (£36m).
According to Levante EMF, two Premier League clubs have offered that amount for the French youth international, with the possibility of a third club from England’s top tier entering the race for his signature.
Levante EMF did claim, though, that Valencia could be open to listening to offers of more than £36m for Diakhaby, although a report in Sport Witness maintained that Wolves are unlikely to offer anything above that figure.
The Frenchman is quite composed on the ball, with a passing success rate of 85.1% (via WhoScored) better than those managed by Wolves’ three main centre-backs last season (Conor Coady 84.3%, Willy Boly 81%, Ryan Bennett 79.6%).
Diakhaby’s passing accuracy also trumps that of two other players in his position who have been targeted by Wolves – Lazio’s Wallace (linked by Citta Celeste) has an 84.7% success rate while Pape Abou Cisse of Olympiakos (linked by SDNA) has a passing success rate of 83.2%.
Diakhaby is not highly effective at breaking up opposition attacks, with match averages of 0.6 tackles and 0.9 interceptions. Boly, by contrast, averages 2.4 tackles and two interceptions per game, with Cisse performing even better for the latter metric at 2.3 interceptions per game.
Plus, Diakhaby’s disciplinary record leaves a lot to be desired. Last season, he was booked 13 times and sent off once. Boly and Coady only had nine yellows and a red between them, Wallace collected five bookings and Cisse received six yellow cards in 2018/19.
Wolves already have two centre-backs in Boly and Bennett who are far better in the air than Diakhaby and are more adept at thwarting attacks.
Also, despite Wallace being valued at just €8m (£7.2m) by Lazio, according to Citta Celeste, he is almost as astute a passer of the ball as £36m-rated Diakhaby and has a better record for aerial duels.
For that price, Wolves have a right to expect better than a player who collected a yellow card every three games last season and has inferior tackling and interception figures to their current centre-backs. In their search for competition to Boly, Bennett and Coady, Wolves should ignore Diakhaby as they could get much better value elsewhere.
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