Wolves are missing out on Jason Denayer, who is in Dubai to complete a move to Shabab Al Ahli.
Wanderers showed interest in Denayer recently after failing to sign Craig Dawson from West Ham United.
The club failed to sign the Irons centre-back after their failure to land Jan Bednarek from Southampton.
With the transfer window closed, Denayer was seen by many as a good solution for Wolves, who currently only have four centre-halves.
He had just finished a four-year spell at Lyon, and is a Belgium international.
It was suggested that Wolves weren’t willing to offer any more money, and that Denayer wasn’t willing to drop his own demands.
Shabab Al Ahli have now seemingly won the race, with Denayer in Dubai to finalise the move and have his medical.
L’Equipe actually have word on how much he will be paid by his new club – and it makes for interesting reading.
Apparently Denayer has accepted a deal that will land him €1.5 million net per year. That equates to £25,000-a-week.
It is unclear whether there is potential for him to earn bonuses. But it would be no surprise if there was because that is a surprisingly low base wage for someone of his experience.
Wolves surely could have bettered Shabab Al Ahli’s offer to Jason Denayer
It is a real surprise to read such a claim from L’Equipe.
Word of Denayer’s move to the UAE suggested that he had agreed to a lucrative deal.
But £25,000-a-week net is a modest salary in football terms today. Especially for an international player that has been playing at Lyon for the last four years.
If there is any truth in this claim then it does beg the question; how haven’t Wolves blown Shabab Al Ahli out of water?
The club could surely have offered more money.
Perhaps there are lots of bonuses involved, or maybe Wolves just simply did not feel such wages were warranted.