Wolves in the race to sign World Cup winner

Djibril Sidibe

Wolves have had a rather different start to the new season.

Against Sheffield United last weekend, they were good value for their 2-0 win.

However, after suffering defeat against Stoke in the Carabao Cup, they will need to bounce back quickly. 

This has been an interesting week at Molineux for not only the matches.

Diogo Jota departed the Midlands as he moved to Liverpool, but you'g defender Ki-Jana Hoever arrived in the opposite direction for around £10m

Wolves have done plenty of business this summer and after breaking their transfer record for Fabio Silva, they're about to come close to shelling out a very similar fee. 

According to multiple sources, including The Guardian, they have had a bid of £34.8m accepted for Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo.

Nuno Santo taking a knee

Remarkably, he isn't the only right-back that Wolves are in hot pursuit of.

That's because according to 90min, they are looking at signing Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe.

The Frenchman, who won the World Cup in 2018, spent last season on loan at Goodison Park with Everton.

Nuno Santo's side aren't the only ones interested in signing Sidibe, though.

West Ham and Newcastle are also in the race to acquire the 28-year-old. The Hammers are said to be in pole position at the moment, and that will come as no surprise given Wolves' interest in Semedo. 

Sidibe is currently rated at £8.5m according to Transfermarkt

Djibril Sidibe

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

If Wolves continue to pursue Sidibe then it'll be incredibly surprising.

It would also be hugely damaging to the confidence of new signing Hoever. 

It's not made too clear whether Monaco would happily loan the player out again, but considering he's a full-back, moving for Sidibe would make little sense when you consider they're on the verge of landing Semedo.

However, just because the Portuguese is currently at Barcelona, it doesn't necessarily make him a better player. 

Semedo was one of the worst on the pitch when Barca were taken to the cleaners by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and the stats dictate that Sidibe is better and more disciplined defensively.

Semedo

The French full-back won 3.3 tackles per game in the Premier League last term, while Semedo only won 1.6 in La Liga. 

As for interceptions and aerial duels, Sidibe also came off victorious more times on average than Wolves' potential new addition.

Many will point to the fact that Nuno likes his wing-backs to be more offensive, but Sidibe even trumps the Barcelona defender in that aspect. 

The former Everton loanee helped himself to four assists in 2019/20. Semedo only achieved two.

Perhaps that £34.8m will turn out to be bad business?

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