Wolves close to signing Pablo Sarabia

Wolverhampton Wanderers appear close to securing their third signing of the January transfer window as Julen Lopetegui continues to strengthen his squad…

What’s the news?

According to Fabrizio Romano, Wolves look set to complete a deal for Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia in the next few days, with the Old Gold’s move for Joao Gomes also seemingly close to completion.

The Italian tweeted on Sunday: “Brazilian midfielder João Gomes will fly to England in the next hours in order to undergo medical tests and sign as new Wolverhampton player. Here we go, it’s confirmed.

“Wolves will pay €17m to Flamengo — also Pablo Sarabia deal will be sealed next week.”

It’s unclear as whether or not Sarabia will join permanently or on a loan deal but with his contract not expiring until 2024, the Molineux outfit could secure the player for a bargain price.

It would be a huge coup

The January transfer window is beginning to shape up quite well for Wolves, with Lopetegui having already signed Matheus Cunha and Mario Lemina, with Gomes seemingly ‘confirmed’ and now Sarabia set to follow.

The 56-year-old will now have a plethora of midfield options at his disposal and Premier League survival should now be achieved if everything can click into gear for the Old Gold.

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Sarabia will bring a winning mentality to the squad, having won a host of major honours at PSG. However, the £92k-per-week dynamo has struggled for game-time this season in the French capital, playing just 362 minutes of league football, although he did show his class whilst on loan at Sporting Lisbon last term.

The 30-year-old averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.37/10 across 29 appearances in Portugal as he scored an impressive 15 goals and registered six assists to show that he can still perform at the highest level. He also created 14 big chances and made 2.1 key passes per match, and this sort of creative output is what Lopetegui is craving, so Sarabia would be a welcome addition at Wolves.

With Joao Moutinho’s influence waning this season, registering just two assists so far in 2022/23, and the future of Ruben Neves uncertain amid interest from Liverpool, signing someone of Sarabia’s quality could be a masterstroke by the manager.

The Spaniard has scored 101 goals and registered 80 assists throughout his senior club career, and these numbers should increase handsomely if he is slotted into the Wolves midfield. Lopetegui’s team should certainly move well clear of danger with him in their starting XI.