Real Madrid outcast Jesus Vallejo is reportedly set to complete a season-long loan move to Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers.
According to a report by Spanish publication MARCA, Wolverhampton Wanderers are on the verge of securing the services of Jesus Vallejo. The Real Madrid outcast will join Wolves on a season-long loan deal, his third such move since joining Los Blancos.
Real Madrid signed Jesus Vallejo from Real Zaragoza in the summer of 2015, with the Spaniard one of the first players to make his way to the club as part of their policy of buying young promising players instead of chasing solely after the superstars of the game.
While the policy has worked out well for the most part for Los Blancos, the 22-year-old has struggled to carve out a place for himself in the first-team setup at the Bernabeu. Vallejo had spent his first two seasons as a Real Madrid player away from the club on two separate season-long loan spells.
In the last couple of campaigns though, the young Spaniard has been hindered by a myriad of injuries, restricting him to just 19 appearances. And, with the arrival of Eder Militao, Vallejo’s prospects are going to take a further hit, dropping down to at least fourth in the pecking order.
As a result, another temporary move away from Real Madrid, his third since joining the club, makes sense for the player to continue his development. And, Premier League outfit Wolves are prepared to hand him such an option.
Last season, Nuno Espirito Santo had just three centre-backs at his disposal, meaning he had to rely on Leander Dendoncker to fill in as a backup option. Now though, with the Premier League club having the added pressure of competing in the UEFA Europa League, the need to beef up Nuno’s options is imperative.
While Roderick Miranda, who spent last season on-loan at Olympiacos, is a part of Wolves’ pre-season squad, his future remains unclear. And, even if Miranda stays put at the Molineux, signing another central defender would be a step in the right direction, helping Wolves avoid making the mistakes Burnley made last term. The interest in Real Madrid outcast Vallejo, thus makes sense.
Instead of being just a backup option, Vallejo could challenge Ryan Bennett for a place as a regular centre-back alongside Willy Boly and Conor Coady. And, the report suggests that Wolves are on the cusp of agreeing a deal with Real Madrid for the 22-year-old, meaning an announcement could be made soon.
So, Real Madrid continue trimming their squad after making early moves in the transfer market to sign their key targets. Vallejo could be the latest Real Madrid player to make his way to the Premier League this summer following Dani Ceballos completed his loan move to Arsenal this week and it remains to be seen if Wolves can sign the young defender.