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Real Madrid defender set to sign for Wolves – and AC Milan’s Cutrone close

Wolves are set to sign Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan – and are closing in on a deal for AC Milan srtiker Patrick Cutrone.

The 22-year-old Vallejo is due to arrive today for talks over a move to Molineux and be in the stands for tonight’s Europa League second qualifying round tie at home to Crusaders.

Vallejo, who has been capped 22 times by Spain at Under-21 level and is known by Molineux men Jonny Castro Otto and Rafa Mir, came through the ranks at Real Zaragoza and joined Madrid four years ago for around £5m on a six-year contract.

He was immediately loaned back to Zaragoza for the 2015-16 season and was then loaned to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt for the 2016-17 campaign.

Vallejo made his Madrid debut on October 26, 2017 and has made 12 La Liga appearances for them and 19 in all competitions, including seven last season.

Wolves have been trying to sign a centre back all summer and were reportedly closing in on £10m-rated Olympiakos stopper Pape Alou Cisse ahead of Arsenal.

But their search appears to have reached a conclusion with the signing of Vallejo. It’s understood a permanent deal is not part of the agreement.

Vallejo made 31 appearances for Zaragoza in 2014-15, 20 on loan there the following season and 25 at Frankfurt in 2016-17. He played four times for Spain as they reached the final of the 2017 Under-21 European Championship finals and was in the full squad for a friendly with Switzerland on June 3, 2018, although he didn’t make their World Cup squad.

Wolves are also closing in on an agreement for AC Milan striker Cutrone. The clubs are thought to be very close to agreeing a fee of an initial £17m plus add-ons. The task is now to convince the 21-year-old that his future lies at Molineux. Cutrone is currently with the Milan squad in the United States and is expected to jet in to England in the next few days, if Wolves can persuade him his future lies with them. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is said to be ‘very expected’ about the prospect of Cutrone signing.