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Wolves transfer news: Lopetegui has competition from Lazio to sign Mariano Diaz

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is reported to be keen on signing Mariano Diaz in January, but he faces competition from Lazio for the striker.

Wolves are seeking to strengthen next month after a really bad start to 2022/23.

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The biggest issue has once again been the scoring of goals. It’s just eight in 16 games in the Premier League so far.

Recently, Wolves were linked with a move for Mariano, whom Lopetegui briefly worked with at Real Madrid.

He made an impression on the 56-year-old, who then wanted to sign him when he was manager of Sevilla. But he never got his wish.

Lopetegui’s interest in Mariano seemingly hasn’t gone away, and there have been reports he could attempt to bring him to Molineux.

But Corriere dello Sport are now reporting that Lazio are showing interest in the 29-year-old.

It is suggested by Mundo Deportivo that Mariano could actually remain at Real Madrid for the rest of the season and then leave as a free agent.

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This is potentially not great news then for Wolves, who need to bring a striker in in January.

Lopetegui currently only has Raul Jimenez and Diego Costa as his striker options. Jimenez’s fitness issues have been well documented this season, and Costa is years past his prime.

It remains to be seen if Lopetegui requests a push for Mariano next month amid these claims of the player potentially staying at the Bernabeu until the end of his contract.

Wolves boss Lopetegui must quickly learn Mariano Diaz’s situation, as January transfer window approaches

Wolves officials and Lopetegui need to know now what the situation is with Mariano so that there is no potential for time to be wasted in January.

If the player is definitely going to stay at Real until next summer, then other players can be targeted.

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If there is a chance to get him and Lopetegui does indeed want him, then Wanderers must start selling their project now, with Lazio reportedly lurking.

Ideally, plans will be in place ahead of January and Wolves can get their business done nice and early.

It’s about handing Lopetegui the tools he needs to succeed, and then letting him work his magic.