Wolves have located a potential replacement for sought-after midfielder Gary O’Neil, putting them in a tricky situation during the current transfer window. Despite making an £80 million profit last summer, the Midlands company is still not out of the woods when it comes to Financial Fair Play compliance, which will define any business they conduct before the deadline.
There is a likelihood that Wolves will sign targets on an initial loan with a later obligation or option to buy, delaying payments to next season’s accounts, or they may reinvest money from outgoings. In any case, for the time being, the emphasis will be on finding bargains rather than executing big transactions. And Wolves talent scouts may have identified one athlete who fits the description.
Wolves are one of six clubs interested in signing Rosario.
According to Chris McKenna, a journalist for The Daily Mirror, Wolves are interested in Pablo Rosario from Nice. They are one of four Premier League teams “keeping an eye on” the midfielder this month, along with Fulham, West Ham, and Brentford.
Wolves have been scouting the player “in recent months” and are evidently impressed with what they’ve seen, but Rosario is also getting interest from Germany in the form of Stuttgart and Werder Bremen, so they don’t have a free run at him.
Rosario presents a potential Gomes solution amid Spurs desire.
Rosario spent his youth football career at Feyenoord, Ajax, and PSV before leaving his home country to join Nice in 2021. He has 17 appearances for the south-of-France club this season, bringing his total to four short of a century. While manager Francesco Farioli does not consider him untouchable, he has played an important role, starting ten of their 18 Ligue 1 games this season.
Rosario, a defensive midfielder by trade, has played four different positions this season, including center-back, right-back, and more advanced midfielder. All of the chopping and shifting makes it difficult to evaluate him statistically, but his adaptability makes him a manager’s dream and an asset to any team.
Given that the majority of those jobs are defensive in nature, Nice has only conceded 11 league goals this season, which is the fewest of any team in Europe’s top five leagues. Rosario deserves credit for his involvement in that accomplishment.
Wolves are now pursuing 2023 signing Joao Gomes, who has grabbed the notice of Champions League contender Tottenham Hotspur and could face a “substantial” bid. Given Rosario’s primary role as a defensive shield, he might serve as a short- to medium-term replacement for the Brazilian in Gary O’Neil’s midfield if he leaves. Given Wolves’ FFP issues, the proceeds from his possible sale may be used straight to fund this transaction, albeit we’ll have to wait and see whether Spurs match Wolves’ asking price first.