Wolves could capitalise on Schalke 04’s woes to sign midfielder Omar Mascarell for a knockdown fee, CaughtOffside have reported.
The report claimed that the Bundesliga club’s ‘struggling finances’ and their likely relegation from the German top flight could force them to accept an offer of as little as £4m.
Schalke are 11 points from safety with 10 games to go and have managed just win one all season (Transfermarkt).
Who is Omar Mascarell?
The Spaniard began his senior career at Real Madrid at 2013. He has experienced English football before, having gone on loan to Derby County during the 2014/15 season. He made 28 appearances for a Rams side who missed out on the play-offs by a single point.
Mascarell left Madrid permanently in 2016 to join Eintracht Frankfurt before making the switch to Schalke two years later.
According to WhoScored, he is a well-rounded midfielder who passes the ball well but can also break up play and win headers.
Another key asset is his versatility – while predominantly a defensive midfielder, he can also be deployed as a central midfielder or centre-back.
Transfer Tavern verdict
This looks like it would be a shrewd deal for Nuno Espirito’s men.
Mascarell is apparently available for a very small fee and could be a very solid squad player. You would imagine he would be a rotation option if Ruben Neves or Leander Dendoncker needed a rest.
The 28-year-old’s reputation has seemingly survived Schalke’s bruising season, and that is no mean feat.
In other news, this devastating striker is apparently on Wolves’ list of targets.
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