Wolves could reunite Julen Lopetegui with Marcos Acuna in the Premier League with Nervion’s La Colina reporting that Sevilla face an ‘urgent need’ to remove the £12m Argentina international from their wage bill in 2023
If Sevilla want new signings in January – and they certainly do, with perennial Champions League pursuers heading into the World Cup break stuck in La Liga’s relegation zone – then some sacrifices will have to be made. first be made.
Acuna, arguably La Liga’s best left-back in 2021/22, has slipped behind Manchester United loanee Alex Telles in the pecking order since Jorge Sampaoli replaced Lopetegui at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
And, as such, Sevilla have already informed the former Sporting Lisbon flyer that they ‘have to look for a way out’ in the new year.
At least, with a bargain £12million on its head, Acuna is unlikely to be short of offers.
Julen Lopetegui could reunite Sevilla’s Marcos Acuna with Wolves
Molineuz is a potential destination (Vamos mi Sevilla). Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Lopetegui got the best out of Acuna during their time together in Andalucia, after all. Villarreal are also showing interest.
Much like an Inter Milan side prioritizing a replacement for Robin Gosens, who is no longer in favour.
Acuna, aggressive and versatile, turned 31 in October. However, Wolves don’t tend to make a habit of signing players from the wrong side of 30. And it remains to be seen whether Lopetegui can convince club bosses to take a punt on a player who hasn’t started only half of Sevilla’s 14 La Liga appearances in 2022/23.
Acuna would have add experience and bite to a rather insensitive side of wolves. He is also a real threat in the final third; his swashbuckling style and devilish deliveries offering plenty of chances. On the other hand, his arrival would risk delaying the development of Rayan Ait Nouri and the always better Hugo Bueno. The latter was one of the few bright sparks in a dismal season for old gold.
“He works very well. He has consistency. His response (to life at a new club) is very good,” Lopetegui said after signing Acuna in 2020.
“He’s a competitive boy, who understands the game and who helps us. He will help us a lot during the season, I have no doubt.
Acuna kicked off Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Mexico at the World Cup in Qatar on Saturday.
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