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Conor Coady loan to Everton stands to be one of Fosun worst bits of business for Wolves

Since Fosun took over at Wolves, transfer business at Molineux has generally been quite good.

Several talented players have come in at the club for very little outlay.

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Romain Saiss came in for hardly anything in that first summer. And Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro were both good additions.

Then came the likes of Ruben Neves and Willy Boly, who helped the club seal promotion back to the Premier League and both became establish top-flight stars. In the case of Neves, Wolves now have a top-class midfielder on their hands.

Joao Moutinho would join for an absolute snip in 2018.

Wolves have also been strong on the selling side.

Rafa Mir was sold for around four times what the club initially paid. A small but good fee was received for Owen Otasowie.

And Costa and Cavaleiro were both moved on for more than they were signed for.

And most recently, Wolves pulled off a superb sale of Morgan Gibbs-White.

That strong history in buying and selling is why it is hard to understand the decision to send Conor Coady on loan to Everton, and only negotiate an option to buy clause of £4.5 million.

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That is what the Telegraph reported last night, and many Wolves fans are aghast at that fee.

Coady may have lost his regular starter status under Bruno Lage.

But that is an absurdly low fee for an established top-flight player and England international, that Everton will almost certainly be overjoyed to pay next year.

It was reported that Wolves set that fee out of respect for Coady and all he achieved with the club.

The question must be asked; why are Wolves doing favours for other teams?

The loan deal was highly questionable at the time. And now, with details of this clause coming out, it is difficult to argue against this being one of the worst bits of business by Fosun.

The Conor Coady loan deal is absolutely awful business from Wolves, as option to buy clause for Everton revealed

£4.5 million is around three times below Coady’s true market value.

The star is a proven performer in the Premier League, and a world-class leader. He’s also an England international.

It just doesn’t make any sense that Wolves would agree to such a low buy option.

There was money to be made on Coady, and Everton were crying out for defensive reinforcements at the time with injuries to Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina.

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But Wolves decided to permit a loan, and will only receive £4.5 million for him next year.

Perhaps inevitably, Coady has been performing well for Everton and in a back four too, which makes this deal so bad from a Wolves perspective.

Maybe it doesn’t beat the Fabio Silva deal. But it certainly runs it close as being one of Fosun’s worst bits of business/