Wolves transfer news: Wanderers showing interest in Lassana Coulibaly
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Wolves transfer news: Wanderers showing interest in Lassana Coulibaly

Wolves are said to be showing interest in Salernitana midfielder Lassana Coulibaly.

Apparently, according to Le Cronache and relayed by Salerno Notizie, Wolves have started asking for information on the midfielder.

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Nottingham Forest are also showing interest.

It is unclear yet whether Wanderers have made an official approach.

But it is suggested that Salernitana would be looking to sell for around £7 million.

Coulibaly has been with the Italian outfit since 2021, when he joined from French club Angers – Rayan Ait-Nouri’s old team.

He has clocked up 66 appearances so far, scoring three goals and making two assists. But Coulibaly is known for being a more defensive-minded midfielder.

Coulibaly has also had spells with Bastia, Cercle Brugge and Rangers.

Wolves, of course, are facing the prospect of losing Ruben Neves this summer. The club have reportedly slapped an asking price of £45 million on him.

Joao Moutinho could also depart. It was claimed yesterday that he is not expected to be offered another new contract.

Lassana Coulibaly is not really needed at Wolves

This is an interesting claim, because on the face of it Wolves don’t really need Coulibaly.

The 27-year-old is combative, energetic and dynamic and simply put, these traits are already offered by Mario Lemina, Joao Gomes and Boubacar Traore.

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His profile is very similar to those players, and it just doesn’t feel like he’s a midfielder Wolves should be targeting.

Indeed, Steven Gerrard, who managed Rangers when Coulibaly was on loan there, said of him (via @RangersFC): “Coulibaly is a destroyer type midfielder, he is very different to what he have here. I have watched him numerous times and he breaks play up and keeps it simple. He will add a bit of power in the engine room for us.”

That is obviously an encouraging assessment. But again, he’s arguably just not what Wolves.

If Neves and Moutinho both go, then Wolves are going to need someone with a bit of technicality about them. Someone who can be more of a playmaker like Neves.