Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are rivalling Wolverhampton Wanderers for the signature of FC Midtjylland midfielder Jens Cajuste, according to The Athletic‘s Chris Waugh.
There was no sign of him in the Midtjylland squad for either their Champions League qualifier against Celtic or their Danish Superliga opener against AaB.
The 21-year-old, who is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play a slightly more advanced role, made 39 appearances for the club last season. Four of those came in the Champions League, where he faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Cajuste could potentially be a replacement for Ruben Neves, with the Portuguese’s future at Molineux uncertain. It’s been described as ‘likely’ that either he or winger Adama Traore, regarded as Wolves’ ‘most saleable assets’, will leave this summer.
The Athletic claimed that Wolves are among ‘a host of clubs’ monitoring Cajuste’s situation.
Midtjylland apparently value him at €15m (£12.8m), which would put him just outside Wolves’ top 10 record arrivals.
Newcastle have ‘made their interest clear’, but the stated asking price could deter them from tabling a formal offer.
Cajuste looks like a real gem. Football talent scout Jacek Kulig described him as ‘the future of Swedish football’ and tipped him to ‘take the next step’ to a top-five league.
Wolves could end up regretting it if they don’t pursue a deal for the Sweden international, particularly for what looks like a reasonable price. Plus, should the influential Neves leave, his shoes will need filling in midfield.
Perhaps’ Newcastle’s present hesitancy over the finances will spur them into action, or maybe they are waiting to see whether suitable offers arrive for Neves first and what reaction that might spark from Wolves.
In other news, many Wolves fans were fuming as this pre-season blow emerged.
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