Wolves are ready to raise their offer for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic after scheduling in new transfer talks, according to reports.
Kalajdzic is someone Wolves are trying to sign before the transfer window closes this week. They need another striker and have been working on the Austria international as a key target.
Stuttgart only have Kalajdzic under contract for one more year, so may have to sell him soon. However, they will not be accepting just any offer for the centre-forward.
Wolves will have to cut the distance in terms of Kalajdzic’s transfer value. With that in mind, Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenburg has revealed further talks will take place on Monday.
Plettenburg has claimed that Wolves will raise their offer above €15million plus add-ons. In other words, their bid should be north of £12.8million at least.
It comes after Stuttgart turned down an initial proposal of those figures mentioned during the weekend. Their price tag for Kalajdzic remains €25million, which equates to £21.3million.
From Kalajdzic’s perspective, it is now a waiting game. According to Plettenburg, the 25-year-old will be ready to undergo a medical and sign a contract with Wolves whenever required, having already agreed personal terms with the Premier League side.
For that to happen, though, the clubs need to meet in the middle over what he is worth. Hence, Wolves will be hoping to make further progress during Monday’s transfer talks.
Stuttgart clear with Kalajdzic stance
However, they – and Kalajdzic’s representatives – have now received a public warning from Stuttgart sporting director, Sven Mislintat.
The ex-Arsenal employee told DAZN: “His agents know exactly what’s at stake, and have been aware for three months. That’s why we’re still clearly in our position at the moment.”
Mislintat added: “At the moment there is nothing to suggest it. It’s all about: Deliver or don’t.”
For the time being, Stuttgart are willing to leave Kalajdzic out of their squad while his thoughts are occupied by the chance to leave for the Premier League.
The forward asked to miss training on Saturday, so subsequently was left out for a goalless draw with Koln on Sunday.
Mislintat explained: “He said he doesn’t feel 100 percent ready in the current situation. We accept it now and have to see what happens in the next four or five days.”
Wolves get rid of another striker
Meanwhile, one striker has completed a permanent departure from Wolves. Patrick Cutrone has signed for Como in Serie B after failing to make the grade at Molineux.
Hopes were high for the Italian forward when he joined from AC Milan in 2019. However, he only managed to score three times from 24 appearances in his debut season and was goalless from four in the next.
There were loan spells with Fiorentina, Valencia and Empoli, but he struggled to revive his fortunes at any of those destinations. Hence, he is now dropping into the Italian second tier with his hometown club.
Wolves have not confirmed any details of a transfer fee, just that the move is a permanent one for the 24-year-old.
And, perhaps increasing their need for a reinforcement like Kalajdzic, they are at risk of losing another attacker before the transfer deadline…
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