Perhaps to the surprise of many, Wolves have actually been very good defensively this season.
Wanderers fans were concerned heading into the current season when club officials did not land a new, experienced centre-half.
Bruno Lage has somehow turned Wolves into one of the best defensive sides in Europe.
Barring the odd few games, Wanderers have been solid at the back. Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Max Kilman having all shone and Jose Sa has also been a revelation.
That all said though, Wolves will definitely need to invest in a central defender this summer.
Romain Saiss could leave at the end of his contract. Although, there is an offer on the table from the club.
And Willy Boly isn’t guaranteed to stick around given the fitness problems he’s had.
A few names have been mentioned in the gossip columns in recent times. But Wolves perhaps shouldn’t look further than a player they were linked with last summer.
Sky Sports claimed that Wolves were keen to sign Nikola Milenkovic of Fiorentina, along with Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
The Serbia international is a fearsome centre-half who can also distribute well.
Earlier this month, it was reported (The Sunday Mirror 20/03, p74) that Milenkovic’s asking price had actually dropped to just £13 million.
That’s because the player will only have a year left on his contract when summer rolls around.
£13 million is much less than the £37.5 million price tag Fiorentina slapped on him in January (via The Sun).
Nikola Milenkovic would bolster Lage’s defensive options at Wolves
£13 million would be an absolute bargain for 6ft 5in Milenkovic, who is a really commanding and authoritative figure at the back for Fiorentina.
Wolves have been good defensively this term but it would be foolish not to try and build on the good work Lage has done.
Milenkovic really is a top centre-half who does a lot of things well. According to WhoScored, he has a 90% pass completion rate in Serie A this season. He has also average 3.2 aerial duels won per 90. Those figures are higher than that of Coady, Kilman and Saiss.
Milenkovic’s former teammate Pol Lirola said in 2020 that the defender had ‘extraordinary quality’ (via X-Sport).
If he really does have a £13 million asking price, Wolves should at least test the waters.