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Schalke will let Wolves target Omar Mascarell leave the club after their relegation from the Bundesliga, sporting director Rouven Schroder has told Kicker

They do say the captain should always go down with his ship and, as one of the best-supported clubs in Europe clattered head first into an iceberg, Mascarell never once thought about leaping for the lifeboat.

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Schalke finished bottom of the Bundesliga last season, dropping out of the division for the first time in 30 years.

Mascarell, however, the club’s Spanish skipper, was one of the few who could look back on a humiliating 2020/21 campaign with some degree of pride. He was a reliable presence at the heart of a Schalke side that became a byword for self-flagellation, accumulating more managers (four) than wins (three). 

And, with relegation exacerbating an already perilous financial situation, Schalke are looking to move on a number of highly paid players before the end of August. Mascarell is understood to be available for a cut-price fee of £4 million. 

Is Mascarell heading for Wolves?

Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in the one-time Derby County loanee, AS stated in March. 

And Schroder, the newly appointed sporting director who may have taken on the hardest job in German football, won’t stand in Mascarell’s way should he wish to depart.  

Playmaker Amine Harit and ex-Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic are expected to leave too. 

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“Both players (Harit and Nastasic) have a salary (more suited) to the first division,” Schroder explains.  

“From a sporting point of view, the second division would be a step backwards for both of them. (Mascarell) is in the same position as Matija and Amine.” 

28-year-old Mascarell insisted he would welcome the opportunity for a “new adventure” away from a side that appears to be in meltdown.  

Wolves are looking to bring in a tough-tackling number six, with Mascarell fitting the bill alongside Sporting Lisbons Portugal international Joao Palhinha and Almeria youngster Samu Costa.

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