Wolves have announced their first new summer signing in the season-long loan of Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo – and the deal could become permanent.
The 22-year-old centre back has agreed his third loan spell away from the Bernabeu after spells at Real Zaragoza and Eintracht Frankfurt. But unlike those stints, this one could become a far lengthier one as the arrangement is similar to the one that saw Jonny Castro Otto sign on a permanent basis from Atletico Madrid for £18m in January. There is no suggestion at this stage what the fee could be because at the moment, there is no option to buy. He will compete for a place with Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady and Willy Boly and could make his debut in Thursday’s Europa League second qualifying round second leg away to Crusaders in Belfast.
“Hi Wolves fans, I am here and very happy to be here and I am sure we’re going to do well this season,” Vallejo told wolves.co.uk
Despite his youth, six-foot Vallejo has plenty of leadership experience, having captained Spain Under-21s to European Under-21s Championship glory this summer against Germany with Wolves striker Rafa Mir, one of 10 occasions he has led the team in his 22 caps.
Curly-haired Vallejo, who watched the 2-0 win against Crusaders on Thursday night from the directors box, is a serial winner. In his two seasons in the Real Madrid squad, he has won the 2017-18 Champions League, the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Internationally, he has won the European Under-19 championships as well as the Under-21 Euro title this summer.
Vallejo is well known to Jonny as they have played together seven times for the Spain youth side. They were undefeated together apart from the final of the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championships against Germany. Vallejo has also played international football with Wolves forward Adama Traore.
Contrary to reports elsewhere, Wolves have not yet reached agreement to sign AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone, so as yet, he has not travelled to the UK from the United States. But Wolves are hopeful that the deal will happen for the 21-year-old to become their second new summer signing.