Wolves will likely be keeping track of the Olympic football tournament at Toyko 2020.
Euro 2020 and the Copa America may be over but events in Japan mean there’s more than just pre-season going on right now.
In this era of analytics and access to videos of players all around the world, the days of buying a player on the back of one tournament are surely done.
But here is a list of players Wolves might just want to pay attention to over in Japan.
Rafa Mir – Spain
The rest of the players on this list are potential transfer targets, but Wolves do have a player of their own at the games.
Mir’s future remains up in the air. He could well be sold this summer and Wolves will be watching his performances with interest.
Perhaps a decent summer’s work could boost his pricetag? Or if he gets a couple of goals, Bruno Lage might fancy a closer look at a player full of confidence.
Either way, this is a big opportunity for Mir, who came off the bench as Spain drew 0-0 with Egypt on Thursday.
Lee Kang-in – South Korea and Valencia
He’s still just 20 years old and can play a variety of central midfield roles.
He should relish the experience of playing on a global stage, although South Korea did lose their opening game against New Zealand.
If Lee is a player on Wolves’ radar, they should be keeping tabs on how he’s getting on out in Japan.
Harry Souttar – Stoke and Australia
Reports in March claimed that Wolves have been tracking Stoke central defender Souttar for quite some time.
The heart of defence is apparently another area Lage is looking to improve, as well.
Souttar is still only 22 so he has plenty of time to improve and he played in the Australia side which beat Argentina earlier in the week.
He’s a towering 6ft 6in presence but he did sign a new long-term contract in February so wouldn’t be that easy to sign despite playing in the Championship.
Max Arnold – Germany and Wolfsburg
Arnold is one of the three overage players in the Germany side – although his tournament hasn’t got off to the best start.
The Germans were beaten 4-2 by Brazil in their opening game and Arnold was sent off in the second half.
It should be pointed out that the second yellow card was very harsh. Arnold is a technically gifted midfielder who always puts in 100 per cent.
Wolfsburg will be in the group stage of the Champions League, while Wolves can’t offer European football but he’s the profile of midfielder Lage needs.
Alexis Beka Beka – France and Caen
This one’s a bit of a wildcard.
Beka Beka looked one of the most thrilling and talented players in the opening round of matches.
That’s despite France losing 4-1 to Mexico. Beka Beka currently plays in League 2 for Caen.
Admittedly, you’d not think that’s where Wolves would find their next star, but Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante came from obscurity in French football.
Players who get fans excited are always worth keeping an eye on and that’s what Beka Beka does. Showing it consistently and helping his side win forthcoming games are the next steps.
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