According to the reports from Mexican media outlet Record, Wolverhampton Wanderers are in front of the queue to sign Mexico international Edson Alvarez. The centre back is also linked with the likes of West Ham United and Ajax, but Wolves are said to be leading the race for the defender.
It is believed that the West Midlands club has offered the best financial package so far to the defender which is said to be around £10m. The defender currently plies his trade for Mexico’s top tier outfit America. His club believes that they can eke out more funds from Wolves. The negotiations between the two parties are said to be in process.
The defender extended his contract back in May so it is understandable why America would try to garner more fees for their star defender. Speculations about his future had further heightened when his manager Miguel Herrera claimed earlier that a potential exit is on the cards.
Miguel Herrera on Alvarez’s future
Alvarez’s manager was quoted as saying, “I see him far from staying, he is a player who is attracting the attention of many people in Europe. But as long as he does not leave, I still consider him inside the club. I reiterate, he is an attractive player because of his age and his form.”
What will Alvarez bring at Molineux?
At just 21 years, Alvarez has 22 national team appearances. He is a versatile defender as he can play as a right back and his on the ball qualities even allows him to be used as a defensive midfielder. Even though he is young, he has managed over 100 appearances for his club America.
The centre back is known for his technical abilities and a strong presence in the air. Nuno Santo has Conor Coady who is exceptionally calm and composed on the ball and can orchestrate attacks from the back. Alvarez is also in a similar mould as he keeps his composure with the ball at his feet. His form for his club and national team in the past year has been impressive, and one can understand why clubs like Ajax and West Ham are also interested.
Alvarez is far from a finished product, and he might take some time to get used to the pace and physicality of the Premier League. However, the centre back has got loads of potential, and with more experience in the toughest of leagues, the Mexican international can be one to watch out for in a few years.