Wolves’ search for a new central midfielder ultimately proved fruitless this summer.

The Athletic have reviewed Wolves’ transfer window and have shared the name of a midfield target Bruno Lage wanted.

Apparently, Lazio midfielder Sergei Milinković-Savić was ‘courted’ but Wolves were unable to convince him to join.

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The Serbian has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in the past.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of SS Lazio reacts during the Serie
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Was he a realistic target?

He would have been a real coup for Wolves, but it was always more of an outside bet that he’d come.

TeamTalk report that he’d have cost €60 million (£51.5 million) this summer, and even that’s down on previous valuations.

That raises the question of how much Wolves were willing to pay to get the deal done.

SS Lazio Training Session
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How good is he?

In June 2018, he described his game in his own words to FIFA’s website and said of comparisons to legendary French midfielder Zinedine Zidane: “That comparison can only flatter me.

 

“However, I see myself more as a Yaya Toure. As for idols, I can say I have always watched and looked up to Nemanja Matic as well.”

“I can see myself as a play-maker. That is how I like to play most.”

There aren’t many players who turn up as a mix between Zinedine Zidane and Yaya Toure, but what those comments do is offer an idea of his ability.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t look like he’ll be pulling on the old gold shirt.

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