Report: Wolves want £35m Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin

Nuno Espirito Santo the manager

Jean-Philippe Gbamin has held talks with numerous Premier League clubs with Wolverhampton Wanderers now linked with the Bundesliga star.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin of 1. FSV Mainz 05 looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on April 13, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in reinforcing their midfield with Mainz enforcer Jean-Philippe Gbamin, according to Bild, with the Ivory Coast international valued at £35 million.

Gbamin might not be one of the Bundesliga’s most high profile players but interest is certainly rising in a 23-year-old who played for France at youth level.

He joined Mainz from Lens in 2016 and he has really caught the eye in the last three years with his skill on the ball and excellent distribution. Gbamin tends to play at the base of midfield but he is far from a simple ball-winner.

The youngster loves to start attacks with his jinking runs through the centre of the park while probing opposition backlines with his forward-thinking passes.

 

And shortly after Gbamin’s agent, Bernard Collignon, claimed to Fussball Transfers that he has held talks with Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, there is now another Premier League club in the mix – Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bild claims that it is ‘only a matter of time’ before the 11-time international leaves the Opel Arena and, in former West Ham man Edimilson Fernandes, Mainz already appear to have his replacement at their disposal.

Levin Oeztunali of Mainz celebrates his team's first goal with team mate Jean-Philippe Gbamin during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Augsburg at Opel Arena on February...

"He can be one of the best in the world," Collignon claims, rating the chances of Gbamin leaving the German outift as ’50/50’.

Should Wolves win the race, Gbamin would offer quality in reserve for a team who will need to balance domestic and European football next season. 

He's also far quicker across the ground than the veteran Joao Moutinho, perhaps offering Nuno Espirito Santo the chance to play a more adventurous and direct style of football against lesser opposition.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin of 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna...

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