Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
According to Bild, the Black Country club are ready to move for the centre-back, who is now back with Mainz after featuring for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Gbamin is in-demand after a good 2018/19, with Arsenal, Liverpool and AS Monaco having all been linked.
The 23-year-old was a mainstay last term for Mainz, making 33 appearances in all competitions.
Bild claim that in order to sell, Mainz will demand a fee between €30 million – €40 million/£27 million – £36 million.
Gbamin would be a real coup for Wolves if they can get him in ahead of 2019/20.
The ace has exciting potential and is comfortable playing in both defence and at holding midfield – which could be hugely useful for a team like Wolves if they reach the Europa League group stages.
Certainly, Wolves need to improve their defence if they are to build on their successful 2018/19.
Ryan Bennett, Willy Boly and Conor Coady were all fairly solid last term, but arguably they are the weakest aspect of the Wolves starting XI, and there is room for improvement.
Gbamin would provide some added steel, and the ability to break down opposition moves and turn them into Wolves attacks.