One of the ongoing sagas of this summer’s transfer window has been the future of Rafa Mir at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
With it still looking like the Spanish striker might leave, Marca have reported that Mir will return to train at Molineux.
This has come as a surprise to Wolves fans, who were expecting the ex-Valencia striker to have left by now.
However, Wolves have been unable to reach an agreement with potential suitors Atletico Madrid, with the Black Country side demanding more than the €15m (£12.76m) offered to them, according to Marca.
Mir has just a year left on his contract. That being said, his return to Compton training ground would offer the club the slightest hope of retaining the promising player.
Below are three ways the club can convince Mir to buy- nto coach Bruno Lage’s project.
Convince Mir of his worth to Wolves
Mir arrived at Molineux in January 2018 as a relative unknown. Immediately he was given a few opportunities to prove his worth, but after failing to score, he was out of the picture.
After a period on the sidelines under then manager Nuno, loan spells followed at Las Palmas, Nottingham Forest and most recently SD Huesca.
In his latest loan spell, Mir firmly found his feet, scoring 13 league goals in La Liga last season.
However, Wolves’ prospects of benefitting from Mir’s improvements on-the-field appeared unlikely with his relationship with Nuno seeming irreparable.
With a new coach at the helm now, Lage could play the biggest role in luring Mir to stay. He must be assured of not just a first-team role, but also time to develop at the club.
What is clear is that Mir wants a permanent home now, and has earned that right through his exceptional spell last season. Lage must make it clear that this has won his trust, if that is the case.
Show Molineux is an exciting place to be
It is very understandable if Mir wanted to leave for Atletico. After all, they won La Liga last season, are regulars in the Champions League and are based in Mir’s homeland.
So for Wolves to convince the forward to stay may require a show of ambition.
This is not solely an improvement on last season, but that they will be a team that will win admirers. Additionally, they will want the prospect of returning to European football.
In order to do this, owners Fosun will have to invest more into the squad, especially in central defence and midfield, where the side are lacking a variety of options.
If they can assure Mir this will be achieved, then they can showcase the foundations for a team that could be very entertaining in England this season.
Offer an improved contract
If Wolves are only planning on keeping Mir for this season to save them money short-term, then it is not worthwhile. In a difficult financial period for clubs due to the pandemic, they would be better striving for sustainability and cashing in on Mir.
Alternatively, the club could see Mir as part of the team’s identity for years to come. If so, then they must protect what could be a prized asset.
They must also be flexible in their negotiations, with assurances of accepting offers from the likes of Atletico and Barcelona reoccur if that is the player’s end goal.
Even with a year remaining on his contract Mir is a very valuable asset for now. If Wolves can tie him down for longer, then it may bode very well for the club.