Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly interested in signing Olympiacos winger Daniel Podence after he starred in the Champions League this season – but Arsenal cannot let Wolves nab his signature, after being linked earlier this season.
BBC Sport have claimed that Wolves are after Portuguese ace Podence, 24, with Nuno Espirito Santo looking to bring in more depth to a side that have already played 39 competitive fixtures this season. The Europa League knockout stages await Wolves.
Podence was part of the Olympiacos side that held Tottenham to a 2-2 draw in Greece and scored against the north Londoners. This season, the winger has had a hand in 10 goals during his 28 appearances for the Greek giants.
It is believed a fee of more than £20million will have to be agreed to sign Podence and Wolves are leading the race for the winger, though a fee has not yet been agreed. Arsenal face Olympiacos and Podence in the first Europa League knockout round.
According to Sportime in Greece, Arsenal were interested in signing Podence following his excellent Champions League displays. The diminutive winger boasts speed, trickery, flair, creativity and a nastiness from out wide.
That creativity also allows him to play in the 10 role and while Arsenal have plenty in attack, boasting a player that can cover both flanks and the 10 role is something Mikel Arteta may find handy – especially at little over £20million.
Doubts remain over Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang’s future, the latter being linked with Barcelona. Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and other young stars coming through are exciting, but they are not the answer – right now, anyway.
With a Europa League knockout campaign on the horizon and the aim of going one better than last season, there are plenty of games to be played – and plenty of room for fatigue, injury and suspension to kick in. Top-quality cover is required.
Podence can offer that quality, with a view to breaking into the starting eleven. At just over £20million, Olympiacos’ number 10 certainly is worth the investment.