Wolves have been linked with a surprise move for Pablo Sarabia, who is struggling for minutes at Paris Saint-Germain.
Julen Lopetegui is reportedly keen on his fellow Spaniard, who spent last season on loan at Sporting CP.
AS say Wolves have presented an offer for Sarabia, although it’s not yet clear what the nature of that offer is.
Sections of the UK media are now reporting on the story, with The Athletic saying that Wolves and PSG are in talks.
It is somewhat surprising that Wolves have been linked with Sarabia.
The club have just signed Matheus Cunha, and Lopetegui already has the likes of Daniel Podence, Hwang Hee-chan, Adama Traore and Goncalo Guedes.
There’s also youngster Chem Campbell, and injured stars Pedro Neto and Chiquinho to come back.
So it could be that Wolves are planning to offload one or more of those players.
Sarabia is a really talented player. It’s difficult for him because the players ahead of him are the best in the world. He’s competing with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
He really reminded everyone how good he is while on loan with Sporting last season. He scored 21 goals, and made 10 assists in 45 games.
According to a feature piece from Ligue 1 in 2019, Sarabia is best known for his versatility and efficiency.
It describes him as a Swiss Army knife, and Sarabia is quoted as saying: “I’ve played in a lot of different positions. The coach thought it was the right thing to do. And that went well. I played forward, right winger, left winger…”
Sarabia worked with Thomas Tuchel at the Parc des Princes, and the German was said to be quite the fan of the player’s ability to finish.
He also appreciates that he does the dirty work, saying: “He’s really impressive. He runs well, with and without a ball. His game without the ball is a great example. He plays with a lot of intensity and does not stop [working] defensively.”
If a forward is going to leave Wolves, Pablo Sarabia would be a cracking addition
It is interesting to see such a link.
Wolves are really stacked at the moment for players who can operate in the wide areas.
Sarabia can also play as a second striker or number 10. But it still doesn’t feel like he’s particularly needed right now.
However, if someone was to leave the club then it could make more sense.
Sarabia’s goals and assists numbers are strong. He wowed in Portugal last year, and he was also very productive at Sevilla, scoring 43 goals and making 38 assists in 151 games.
With Tuchel having also praised his work off the ball, Sarabia seems like he’d be a great addition for Wolves if room was made.