Wolves have been linked with a host of top players since returning to the Premier League just over two years ago.
Largely, recruitment has been pretty good and back-to-back seventh place finishes would suggest success on the part of the Wolves board.
But, there is one player that Wolves have been linked with who is now seriously beginning to look like a missed opportunity for Nuno Espirito Santo.
Over in Serie A, midfielder Franck Kessie has been gaining plaudits on a regular basis for the role he’s played in AC Milan’s resurgence.
The Rossoneri, who have been a sleeping giant for several years now, are currently top of Serie A and look to be contenders for the Scudetto this season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has stolen a lot of the headlines for his goalscoring exploits, but Kessie has been the driving force in central midfield.
So far, the box-to-box star has scored four goals, made two assists and had a pass completion rate of 90.5% in the league according to WhoScored, who have him rated at 7.24 – the third-highest Milan player behind Ibrahimovic and Theo Hernandez.
The Ivorian’s form has today led to reports of interest (Calciomercato) from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, and it’s thought Milan would demand around £45 million for any transfer.
The one that got away?
Wolves were linked with a move for Kessie in the summer of 2019, with Corriere dello Sport reporting the club lodged a bid worth around £23 million.
Milan supposedly wanted more, and the player also wanted more money than what Wolves were supposedly offering.
A move never materialised, and his stature and importance for Milan is now slightly awkward viewing.
The Wolves midfield has left a lot to be desired this season; it is certainly lacking goals and the dynamic Kessie is absolutely flourishing.