Wolverhampton Wanderers have opened ‘concrete negotiations’ with Atlético Madrid over Thomas Lemar, with Everton having pulled out of the race for his signature.

That’s according to Le 10 Sport, who say that the Spanish side are working on getting Lemar out of the club having finally given up on him.

The midfielder has struggled to assert himself under Diego Simeone since arriving in a big-money move from Monaco two years ago, and has been linked with a move away in every transfer window since.

Wolves have often been named as suitors given their connections with agent Jorge Mendes, who is also in favour at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Everton have also been a surprise link in the past, but according to Le 10 Sport, they ‘withdrew from the case’ after trying their luck earlier.

That was due to Atlético’s financial demands for the Frenchman, with them, described as ‘greedy’ in that regard.

Wolves interest remains, however. The website says they have ‘just opened’ negotiations over Lemar to try and work out a deal with the Spanish side.

As usual, Jorge Mendes is at the centre of it, with it explained the super-agent could be a ‘facilitator’ in the deal and help the two clubs find some sort of agreement, which is no surprise given the number of players he’s pushed along to Molineux.

In reality, the deal seems in the very early stages at best, but with Everton out of the way and Mendes working in their favour, Wolves have a great chance of getting their man.