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Celta Vigo are interested in signing “magnificent” Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Rafa Mir, the La Liga club’s president Carlos Mourino has told AS

As the one-time Valencia youngster continues to be linked with a permanent move away from Molineux, Wolves fans could be forgiven for wondering what is going on. 

After scoring 16 times on loan at a relegated Huesca side in 2020/21, surely Mir deserves an opportunity at his parent club?

Especially when you consider Wolves, shorn of the stricken Raul Jimenez, averaged less than a goal a game during a snore-inducing campaign in the Black Country. 

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Nevertheless, all signs suggest Mir, who has played just two league games in Old Gold since joining in 2018, will be sacrificed to raise funds for new additions. 

The former Spain U21 international has even been linked with a return to Valencia as part of a deal that could see Lee Kang-in or Portuguese speed-machine Goncalo Guedes move in the other direction. 

Valencia aren’t the only La Liga outfit interested, however. 

“He would fit in for Celta and for many teams because he is a magnificent player,” says Mourino, before suggesting agreeing a deal for Mir will be easier said than done. 

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“He belongs to an English team and it isn’t easy to negotiate with the English. And, on the other hand, he has done very well and surely has many teams behind him.” 

It wasn’t just the quantity of Mir’s goals at Huesca that caught the eye – it was the quality of them too. 

Huesca’s season may have ended in heartbreak but no-one at El Alcoraz will forget Mir’s outrageous 40-yard pile-driver against Cadiz, that sublime hat-trick against Real Valladolid, those bullet headers, those ice-cool lobs or those barnstorming performances against Barcelona and Real Madrid.  

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