Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly pushed to sign Amadou Diawara on loan from Roma in the summer.
Morgan Gibbs-White is thriving at Sheffield United, but it has left Lage with only Ruben Neves, 35-year-old Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker as his recognised senior midfielders.
Meanwhile, Diawara is playing under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho this season.
Serie A minutes hard to come by
After making 18 Serie A appearances last season under Paulo Fonseca, Diawara has seen just seven minutes of Serie A action under Mourinho so far this campaign and that came in a 4-0 win against Salernitana.
His other appearances this season include a one-minute outing against Trabzonspor in a UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier.
The Guinean international’s only start under Mourinho came in the opening 5-1 UEFA Europa Conference League win against CSKA Sofia where he played for 58 minutes.
It seems that the 24-year-old who was signed by Roma from Napoli for £18.9m (Transfermarkt) is out-of-favour under the ‘Special One’.
Could Wolves pursue Diawara?
Football journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that Roma have reopened talks to sign Gladbach’s Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria as a free agent.
He’s out of contract in June 2022 and Mourinho apparently wants Zakaria as a new midfielder.
The former Tottenham manager’s pursuit of Zakaria could signal the end for Diawara, who like himself is a holding midfielder.
If Mourinho does land Zakaria then that could open the door for Diawara to seek a move.
Although Neves and Moutinho are Wolves’ number one pairing, Lage’s side need an injection of athleticism and dynamism in the midfield.
Wolves should monitor the Diawara situation closely because it’s looking more and more likely that he could be available in January.