Wolverhampton Wanderers have begun talks with AS Roma over a potential loan move for Amadou Diawara, according to Ekrem Konur.
Diawara actually made more starts in the Europa League (ten) than he did in Serie A (seven) last season. Admittedly Roma made it all the way to the semi-finals of the continental tournament, with the defensive midfielder averaging 2.3 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and 1.3 clearances per game (via WhoScored).
The 24-year-old has previously been heralded as a ‘phenomenon’ and likened to France legend Marcel Desailly.
Wolves have already done business with Jose Mourinho’s Roma in this summer’s transfer window, agreeing to sell goalkeeper Rui Patricio to the Giallorossi for £9.8m.
Konur tweeted that Wolves had opened discussions over a loan move for Diawara ‘at the request of Bruno Lage’.
The Midlands outfit are said to ‘have offered’ to take the Guinea international on a ‘one-year loan’, but it’s not clear if that arrangement would include an option or obligation to buy.
It doesn’t look like Paulo Fonseca’s departure will open the first team door for Diawara, who’s competing with the likes of Bryan Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo for a place in Roma’s starting XI.
On the other hand, Lage is clearly a fan of the Guinean and might see his signing as a means of putting his own stamp on the Wolves midfield. That’s one area where they have not made any additions so far this summer – indeed, it’s worth noting that Lage is also said to be keen on FC Porto’s Sergio Oliveira.
A one-year loan move for Diawara could be well worth pursuing, giving Wolves a robust midfield option without the big commitment of a permanent signing if the temporary spell doesn’t work out.
In other news, this Wolves star could leave Molineux before the window is out.
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