Wolves paying £17.5m for Andrea Favilli would be a huge statement

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo watches from the touchline during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Manchester City and...

Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers could reportedly bring Serie A youngster Andrea Favilli to Molineux, thanks to Jorge Mendes.

Wolves fans during the Sky Bet League One match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Carlisle United at Molineux on May 3, 2014 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are no flash in the pan.

The club’s billionaire Chinese owners are determined to turn Wolves into a Premier League force and seem willing to stick around for the long term to follow their plan through. It is no coincidence that most of the players Wolves have spent big money on - Ruben Neves, Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa and co - are under the age of 23.

The present is very exciting but so too is the future. And reports in Italy suggesting that Wolves are interested in signing Juventus striker Andrea Favilli reflects the club’s commitment to long-term planning.

Andrea Favilli of Italy U21 celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the U21 international friendly match between Italy and Slovenia at Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato on...

Gianluca di Marzio reports that super-agent Jorge Mendes has made an enquiry about potentially signing the 21-year-old who, interestingly, only joined Juventus a week ago for around £7 million.

The report adds that Juve would hope to make a substantial profit on Favilli despite the fact he has only been a Biancocelesti player for a few days. He is valued at around £17.5 million.

Paying such a massive fee for a 21-year-old who has only made 43 senior appearances in his career might seem like a massive risk, but it would prove just how committed the owners are to building for the future.

Zambia's defender Solomon Sakala (L) and Italy's forward Andrea Favilli compete for the ball during the U-20 World Cup quarter-final football match between Italy and Zambia in Suwon on...

Favilli, who has represented Italy at U21 level, scored five goals in just 12 games for Ascoli in Serie B last season.

Wolves have already got one promising European goal-scorer in Rafa Mir, snapped up from Valencia under Real Madrid’s nose in January, but Favilli would be an even stronger statement.

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