Wolves seem set to miss out on Spanish wonderkid Ivan Fresneda, with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund having both agreed terms for the player.
According to The Athletic today, both clubs have agreed to pay a £13.1 million fee to Real Valladolid, and loan the youngster back to them for the rest of the season.
Fresneda is a player whose stock has really risen in recent months.
The star, still only 18, has really impressed and shown himself to be a really good all-rounder.
He’s just won the Player of the Month for December at Valladolid.
Fresneda’s development as led to a host of clubs showing an interest in him in recent times.
Wolves have supposedly been keen on Fresneda for while. Estadio Deportivo claimed that Wanderers were on the first clubs to have shown an interest.
They also published quotes from the player, who suggested he was flattered by Wolves’ interest and that of others.
But it looks as though Wolves may be missing out.
The Athletic’s report suggests it is now a straight choice for Fresneda between Arsenal and Dortmund.
The Gunners have often lined up with Ben White at right-back this season. They also have Takehiro Tomiyasu in reserve.
And Dortmund have at times deployed Niklas Sule on the right side of their defence. The German is primarily a centre-back.
It was always going to be hard for Wolves to sign Ivan Fresneda, with defender set to choose between Arsenal and Dortmund
Wolves were always up against it to sign Fresneda given the level of interest in him.
He’s a young Spanish player and Wolves obviously do have Julen Lopetegui now. But it may just come down to the fact that Arsenal and Dortmund pushing to win trophies and can offer European football.
It is a shame because there are still question marks for Wolves regarding the right-back position.
Both Nelson Semedo and Jonny Castro Otto have both had poor seasons. And the club could do with freshening things up in the summer.
Fresneda would have been a very exciting signing, and one of Arsenal or Dortmund will be very lucky.