Wolverhampton Wanderers tried to sign centre-back Montassar Talbi before the Rizespor ace sealed a move to Serie A, Benevento director of football Pasquale Foggia has told YSport.
For many Wolves fans, this may be the first time they’ve heard Talbi’s name.
Then again, given the Midland giants have a terrific track record when it comes to unearthing under-the-radar gems, we can only assume the Paris-born Tunisian is a defender with no shortage of talent or potential.
After all, who in the Black Country knew anything about Pedro Neto, Romain Saiss or Willy Boly before they arrived at Molineux?
Apparently, Wolves made an attempt to sign Talbi from Rizespor during the January transfer window.
But the 22-year-old has instead agreed a deal that will see him join Pippo Inzaghi’s Benevento side when his contract expires in July (Tuttomercatoweb).
“He’s a player we’ve had in mind for quite some time. We managed to take him on a free transfer, anticipating (interest from) important clubs such as Udinese, Lazio and Wolves,” says Foggia.
“He is a class of ’98 (player) who already boasts many appearances in the Turkish top flight. He is certainly an interesting prospect.”
Standing at 6ft 3in and renowned for his strength in the air, perhaps Wolves felt Talbi could be a long-term successor to 30-year-old Boly in Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting XI.
The youngster has averaged 2.9 tackles and 3.4 clearances per game during a hugely impressive 2020/21 season in Turkey (WhoScored).