Wolverhampton Wanderers believe they can sell Owen Otasowie for around £5 million after the Club Brugge target turned down a new contract at the Premier League outfit, as reported by The Athletic.
Well, this wasn’t in the script.
Midway through last season, the USA international was threatening to become a regular fixture in the Wolves side, his physical prowess and tactical flexibility catching the eye of a manager in Nuno Espirito Santo who handed out first-team debuts like tic tacs during three years at Molineux.
Otasowie burst onto the scene during December’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Chelsea, too, setting up Daniel Podence’s equaliser as Wolves came from behind to leave Frank Lampard reeling.
Nuno’s sudden departure, however, means Otasowie’s future looks about as clear as mud with just days to go before the new Premier League campaign gets underway.
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The Athletic back up earlier claims from The Telegraph, claiming that the New York-born youngster has turned down a new deal.
There appears to be little chance of Otasowie seeing out the final year of his contract before departing on a free either.
Wolves would rather cash in now, amid interest from Club Brugge, Anderlecht and a Wolfsburg side who will be playing Champions League football in 2021/22.
The Black Country outfit are confident of bringing in around £5 million, good money for a player who joined on a free transfer from Premier League rivals West Ham United in 2017.
“He had great athleticism. He was confident on the ball and he always wanted the ball,” his former coach said recently.
“He never shied away from the ball and was very strong (when playing in midfield). He had good hold-up play, similar traits to (Paul) Pogba in that he knows how to protect the ball.”
Wolves are under pressure to raise funds before they can reinforce Lage’s squad before the end of August, with Rafa Mir emerging – alongside Otasowie – as perhaps the club’s most sellable asset.
Mir scored 13 times in La Liga during a loan spell at Huesca last term, enhancing his reputation further with a hat-trick in the Olympics.