Wolves: Alex Crook highlights owners’ worry as club eye ‘unbelievable’ midfielder

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TalkSport reporter Alex Crook has revealed that Wolverhampton Wanderers are keeping tabs on Swansea City midfielder Flynn Downes with a view to a move this summer. 

Wales Online has claimed that as many as three Premier League clubs, including Wolves, are interested in acquiring the 23-year-old. 

Wolves could look to make Downes their first senior signing this off-season, with Ruben Neves’ future still unresolved. 

They may need to bolster their ranks in midfield ahead of the upcoming campaign, while it has been a quiet summer so far at Molineux.

Downes, who has been hailed as ‘incredible’ and a player who ‘does the dirty work’, made 39 appearances last term and took home a SofaScore rating for the season of 6.83 – ranking second in terms of Swansea midfielders – meaning he could well be a valuable addition in the engine room as he develops.

Despite confirming the appeal that the Englishman has garnered from the Old Gold, Crook has voiced his concern for the club ahead of their second season under Bruno Lage.

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He told GiveMeSport“Flynn Downes at Swansea is somebody that they’re interested in, but he will cost £12m. I’m not sure they’ve got £12m.

“I think that, really, the owners don’t want to put any more of their own money into the project.

“Hence the fact that they’re trying to sell one or two players.

“I think it’s a tricky summer for Wolves and it could be a difficult season as well.”

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Having not received the full backing of Fosun last summer, Lage will surely be hoping for the owners to help him put his stamp on the squad, which is in need of a refresh. 

According to Transfermarkt (via GiveMeSport), the West Midlanders spent in excess of £300m on signings under Nuno Espirito Santo between 2017 and 2021, but with the spine of the side that the Portuguese coach built starting to erode, the club should be willing to invest again under a different manager. 

Joao Moutinho’s contract has expired, although he may sign an extension, while Neves’ future is still a concern and centre-back Romain Saiss has already left the club.

They haven’t made a permanent addition to their midfield since 2018 when Leander Dendoncker walked through the doors, and the club would surely be willing to fork out £12m on a player described as ‘unbelievable’ by Downes’ Swansea teammate, Matt Grimes.

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