Wolves will meet Domagoj Vida one year after reported £16m bid

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks on ahead of the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at the Molineux...

Domagoj Vida is expected to start as Besiktas host Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League in Istanbul.

Domagoj Vida of Besiktas JK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Besiktas JK and Medipol Basaksehir FK on April 13, 2019 at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul, Turkey

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are about to be reminded of a very familiar name.

Domagoj Vida was linked with a move to Molineux throughout the summer of 2018 and with good reason. Alongside Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren, the big, blonde centre-back shone as Croatia reached the final of the World Cup, throwing his body on the line in famous triumphs over Argentina and England along the way.

 

And Wolves, seemingly impressed by Vida’s remarkable commitment to the cause, made a bid of £16 million in an attempt to convince Besiktas to sell, according to Sabah. The Turkish giants weren’t budging, however, and the 30-year-old stayed put.

But just over a year on, Vida has the ideal opportunity to show Wolves what they’re missing.

Domagoj Vida of Besiktas heading on goal   during the Turkish Super Lig match between Galatasaray S.K. and Besiktas at the Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul , Turkey on May 5,2019.

The former Dinamo Zagreb and Bayer Leverkusen enforcer is expected to start against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in Thursday’s Europa League clash in Istanbul.

And Besiktas, who suffered a shock 4-2 loss at Slovan Bratislava on matchday one with Liverpool loanee Loris Karius making yet another mistake, will need Vida at his barnstorming best if they are to keep Raul Jimenez and co off the score sheet.

Domagoj Vida (R) of Besiktas and Fernando Reges (L) of Galatasaray vie for the ball during the Turkish Super Lig week 31 football match between Galatasaray and Besiktas at Turk Telekom...

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