Salernitana’s refusal to sell Boulaye Dia over the summer was a ‘mistake’ with Premier League outfit Wolves missing out on the out-of-sorts Serie A striker.
That is the view of Morgan de Sanctis, Salernitana’s sporting director speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport about a deal which would have seen the Senegal international swap Italy for England in the final 24 hours of the transfer window.
And while De Sanctis still insists that the structure of Wolves’ bid was not to Salernitana’s liking, the director regrets not doing more to make an agreement happen.
Wolves failed with bid for Serie A striker Boulaye Dia
“Dia? The failure to sell was a mistake,” he sighs. “But he was our best striker (last season) with 16 goals, only fewer than Victor Osimhen and Lautaro Martinez.
“We had received an offer from England on the last day of the transfer window. We could have done nothing to replace him (if Dia had been sold to Wolves).
“It was an offensive offer, to have him on loan. What would people have said about us and me if we had completed the operation?”
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Dia has scored only four Serie A goals in 11 games this term, although if almost half of those appearances have come from the substitute’s bench. De Sanctis’ comments, meanwhile, could encourage Wolves to renew their interest in the New Year with a centre-forward reportedly still on Gary O’Neil’s wishlist amid interest in Viktoria Plzen’s Rafiu Durosinmi.
Wolves host Nottingham Forest on Saturday. A defeat for visiting boss Steve Cooper could cost him his job at the City Ground.
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