Wolverhampton Wanderers have been in pursuit of Thomas Lemar as his future at Atletico Madrid is uncertain, but the Wolves have been dealt a blow as Red Devils lead the race for his signature.
Man United have entered negotiations with France international’s representatives over a possible summer agreement. Man United wanted Thomas before he joined La Liga giants, so they’ve been interested in some time.
A problem for Nuno Espirito Santo will be financial. Spanish club paid €70m which would greatly surpass Wolves’ club-record £30m spent on Raul Jimenez last summer.
Whether the Wolves are willing to pay Thomas’ possible valuation and €120k-per-week/€6.24m-a-year salary remains to be seen. It won’t an issue for Red Devils, however, so Wolverhampton could miss out on the attacker.
The French winger could be available this summer after a disappointing campaign in Spain. He left AS Monaco for Atleti in 2018 but has just played 24 games this term across all tournaments. Lemar has only started 46% of their matches, too, and featured only twice in La Liga since the turn of the year due to various muscle injuries.
The 24-year-old forward wants to leave the Spanish club as he doesn’t like the side’s playing style and has become disillusioned at the lack of playing time. Man United appear to be leading the race for his signature, so Wolves may have to turn their attentions elsewhere.