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Why Wolves didn’t sign Sven Botman despite player ‘all but agreeing to join’

Why Wolves didn’t sign Sven Botman despite player ‘all but agreeing to join’

Wolves’ summer window

Wolves made six signings during the summer transfer window.

Rayan Ait-Nouri’s move to England would be made permanent, after he had previously been at the club on loan.

Jose Sa was also brought in to replace the outgoing Rui Patricio, who joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Young talents Yerson Mosquera and Bendeguiz Bolla were the other two permanent signings on the part of the Midlands outfit, whilst Francisco Trincao and Hee-chan Hwang were also brought in on loan.

Why Wolves didn’t sign Sven Botman despite player ‘all but agreeing to join’

PORTO, PORTUGAL – FEBRUARY 08: Bruno Lage the manager of SL Benfica gives his team instructions during the Liga Nos match between FC Porto and SL Benfica at Estadio do Dragao on February 08, 2020 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Despite a fairly active summer, though, Wolves also failed to strengthen in several key areas.

It seemed obvious that Bruno Lage and co. were looking to add a central midfielder to their ranks, with late moves for Renato Sanches of Lille and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara touted.

However, neither transfer was ultimately pushed through on deadline day, with Wolves said to have decided against signing Sanches due to his injury issues.

There were also reports on deadline day that Wolves wanted to sign Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore, but that move did not happen either.

Why Wolves didn’t sign Botman

And, in news likely to disappoint many Wolves fans, it appears that the club attempted, and failed, to sign Sven Botman, too..

The Athletic report that Botman had all but agreed to join Wolves from Lille.

However, the sticking point was the fee. Wolves offered £25m, but Lille demanded around £10m more, with neither side having been willing to budge.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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