Wolves’ may have failed to bring Habib Diarra to the Premier League but their £21 million bid could ki-bosh Juventus’ hopes of signing the Strasbourg midfielder too. 

In the final 24 hours of the summer window, Strasbourg president Marc Keller admitted that he had rejected a 25 million euro bid for one of the biggest young talents in French football. 

“I can confirm that we have received an official offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Habib Diarra. I politely refused it. Habib will not leave,” Keller told Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace.   

“I have said it from the start; our strategy is to build a competitive squad and plan for the future. Habib is a boy trained in the Racing Mutest Academy. He knows that he is one of the players we count on.” 

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Wolves, at least, could take Juventus with them. 

Wolves miss out on Habib Diarra but so could Juventus

As reporter Marco Conteiro explains to Rai Play, the Serie A giants are also big fans of the all-action 19-year-old. But, without the benefits of European football, Juve may struggle to even rival Wolves’ bid, yet alone make one that tempts Strasbourg into a sale. 

“Are Juventus close to Diarra ? No, not close,” Conteiro explains. “He is one of the names they are following.

“But there’s a problem. There’s a problem given that Juventus are without the Champions League this season. Strasbourg refused 25 million euros from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“These are big numbers for the Bianconeri.” 

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Potential Paul Pogba replacement

Juventus were always likely to prioritise a young, athletic central midfielder this summer, and their determination to bring one in will only be exacerbated if Paul Pogba is served with a lengthy doping ban (Sky Sports). 

Wolves, meanwhile, offset the disappointment of failing to lure Diarra away from Strasbourg by snapping up his partner on deadline day; one of Europe’s most in-form midfielders arriving at Molineux in the shape of Jean-Ricner Bellegarde

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