Potential Wolves XI; featuring Luisao and John

Molineux - general view

Wolves have been very ambitious in the transfer market this summer; this is what their starting XI could look like if they sign some of their main targets.

Molineux - general view

Since Wolverhampton Wanderers were purchased by Chinese investment company Fosun International almost exactly a month ago, the club has been rather ambitious in the transfer market. Lauded by some, mocked by others, few could accuse Wolves of being boring over the last 30 days.

Wolves quickly disposed of former boss Kenny Jackett, bringing in former Inter Milan and Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga as head coach and Jez Moxey stepped down from his role as CEO at Molineux. 

Having set their sights high in the transfer market, the Midlanders are anything but done, with a number of deals still either hanging in the balance or waiting to be sparked into life. With almost two weeks left of the transfer window, we look at how Wolves could line up if they successfully acquire some of their targets.

New Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter ZengaNew Wolves manager Walter Zenga

This potential Wolves XI has the team playing in a 4-3-3 formation with three central midfielders and two wide forwards playing off the main striker. Six of the XI are full internationals, and a further four have represented their countries at youth level. 

What's more, those countries include the likes of Brazil, Portugal, England and the Netherlands, as well as a player who is the current captain of his national team. Here is a potential Wolverhampton Wanderers XI:

Goalkeeper - Carl Ikeme

Capped four times by Nigeria, despite multiple loan moves, Wolves are the only permanent club Carl Ikeme has played for. Walter Zenga, formerly a world-class goalkeeper himself, has entrusted the 30-year-old to be his number one.

Right-Back - Dominic Iorfa

A product of the Wolves academy, Dominic Iorfa is an England under-21 international. The pacy right-back has established himself at Molineux over the last couple of seasons.

Centre-Back - Luisao

Not yet a done deal, Wolves are said to have offered Luisao an extraordinary wage for a Championship player. With 44 caps for Brazil to his name, having played in two World Cups and won five Portuguese league titles, the defender would be some coup for Wanderers. 

Centre-Back - Danny Batth

Another Wolverhampton Wanderers academy graduate, Danny Batth has amassed more than 150 games for the club now, at the age of 25. He is solid and could grow into an exceptional player should Luisao join Wolves and become his tutor. 

Left-Back - Silvio

Eight caps for Portugal in the highly competitive full-back areas show Silvio is a player of some standing. Equally capable of playing at left- or right-back, the former is more likely at Wolves due to the presence of Iorfa on the right.

Central Midfield - David Edwards

A quality player at Championship level, David Edwards has been at Wolves since 2008. The midfielder has played more than 250 games for Wolves, 35 for Wales and been promoted with the club once before in 2009. 

Central Midfield - Prince Oniangue

Captain of the Congo national team, Prince Oniangue joined Wolves this summer from Reims of Ligue 1 for an undisclosed fee. A powerful midfielder with an eye for goal, Zenga will hope he can make a big impression.

Central Midfield - Conor Coady

Conor Coady joined Wolves from Huddersfield back in 2015, and has been a regular fixture in the first team ever since. The 23-year-old represented England at five youth levels and is still improving as a player. 

Left Forward - Ola John

The most outrageous of all Wolves' summer transfer dealings was surely for Talisca, the promotion hopefuls had to battle the likes of Liverpool for the youngster, and ultimately lost out to Besiktas. Their new target however is a more orthodox left winger with one cap for the Netherlands, who spent last season on-loan at Reading - Benfica's Ola John

Centre-Forward - Jon Bodvarsson

Although Mario Balotelli has been linked with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the last couple of days, we felt it too far-fetched to include, and as such, we stuck with big Icelandic striker Bodvarsson, who joined the club this summer. The 1,000th player to appear for Wolves, Bodvarsson starred for Iceland's heroic Euro 2016 team and has already scored once for Wolves. 

Right-Forward - Joao Teixeira

The final player in our potential Wolverhampton Wanderers XI is another man on-loan from Benfica, Joao Teixeira, who has played 80 games for Benfica B. The 22-year-old has represented Portugal at every level other than the full national team, and can play in an array of midfield and attacking areas. 

Full Wolves Potential Starting XI

Improved Wolves XI

What do you think of our Wolverhampton Wanderers potential XI and how do you think Wolves will get on this season?

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