Wolverhampton Wanderers ’emissaries’ have held discussions with AS Roma over the possibility of signing Amadou Diawara, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness).
Diawara is a 24-year-old defensive midfielder who made 18 Serie A appearances and started 10 matches in Roma’s journey to the Europa League semifinals (via WhoScored).
His biggest strength is said to be reading the play and making interceptions, but he also excels at making tackles and delivering through balls.
The Guinean has three years left on his contract at the Stadio Olimpico and is valued at £12.6million by Transfermarkt.
Diawara was described earlier in his career as a ‘phenomenon’ and likened to France legend Marcel Desailly.
Roma and Wolves have already done business this summer, with Rui Patricio sealing a £9.8million move to the Italian capital.
Talks have taken place between the two clubs, with Roma intent on selling as they consider a swoop for Fulham’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
But it’s understood that Diawara isn’t particularly keen on the proposed move, and so Roma may have to look to alternative suitors.
Why might Diawara be reluctant to make the move to the Midlands? Well, there’s the possibility that, despite his limited gametime in the league, he’s simply happy in his current surroundings.
He may also be harbouring hopes of climbing the pecking order after Paulo Fonseca made way for Jose Mourinho – a new manager can always provide new opportunities.
And finally, it should be said that Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho represent some pretty daunting competition for any of Wolves’ midfield targets, although perhaps he could be seen as a viable long-term replacement for the latter.
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