Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo is set to undergo a medical today with a view to joining Wolves.
The clubs have agreed a season-long loan for the 22-year-old. If all goes well, he is expected to be announced as Wolves’ first new summer signing tomorrow. The Spain Under-21 captain will then be in line to make his debut in next Thursday’s Europa League second qualifying round second leg tie at Crusaders in Belfast.
Vallejo arrived yesterday for talks over a move to Molineux and was in the stands for the 2-0 first leg win over Crusaders, meeting his prospective team-mates afterwards. He is known by Molineux men Jonny Castro Otto and Rafa Mir.
After coming through the ranks at Real Zaragoza, Vallejo joined Real 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.
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 Patrick 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.