Reports this week have suggested that Wolverhampton Wanderers are keen on Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara. Calcio Napoli 24 suggest phone calls have been made to Napoli regarding the Guinea midfielder and team-mate Mario Rui.
Wolves have plenty of creativity in central midfield, but Nuno Espirito Santo wants to add some strength to the heart of their team. Diawara certainly would provide that.
A successful move for the player would certainly prove one thing, Wolves have overtaken Aston Villa.
It is a painful truth for Aston Villa fans to accept, considering their excellent history and recent dominance over Wolves. A rivalry that barely existed between the two sides, despite their proximity along the M6, developed over the past two seasons with both teams in the Championship. Wolves, however, won promotion last term, whilst Aston Villa failed in the play-off final.
Right now, with Wolves doing well in the Premier League and Aston Villa struggling in the Championship, the former has the upper hand.
Diawara would be a signifier. In the summer of 2016, Aston Villa made a £14.7 million move for the then-Bologna star – as reported by talkSPORT.
Now, the idea of making a move for a similar player looks very unlikely for Aston Villa, especially at that price.
Wolves, meanwhile, have money to spend and look set to do so in their quest for a top-half Premier League finish. The former Aston Villa target looks like being one of the steps in that quest.
Aston Villa fans will hope Dean Smith can turn things around so they can earn their way back to the big-time, to continue this burgeoning rivalry.