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Late Wolves Bid Ruffles Feathers at Salernitana

Wolves’ Late Play for Dia Stirs Tensions at Salernitana

In the always-turbulent world of football transfers, sometimes it’s the deals that don’t happen that create the most buzz. Case in point: Wolverhampton Wanderers’ eleventh-hour move for Salernitana’s centrepiece, Boulaye Dia. Though the move never saw the light of day, its aftershocks are causing a tremor that’s felt across the Italian football landscape.

A Bid Too Late

Deadline days have a habit of throwing up surprises. And this time, Salernitana found themselves at the epicentre of the storm. Wolves, in a tantalising move, placed an offer for Dia, the robust centre-forward. This bid was swiftly given the cold shoulder.

However, the ripple effect of this last-minute manoeuvre wasn’t limited to boardroom discussions. Dia’s reaction, sharp and animated, meant he was sidelined for Salernitana’s key Serie A face-off against Lecce.

‘Demanding Respect’ – De Sanctis Speaks

Director Morgan De Sanctis, addressing the media frenzy, remarked, “This was a complex but ultimately satisfying transfer window.” Yet, it was the tail end of the window, that brought a storm their way.

In what can only be seen as a fierce assertion of club pride, De Sanctis commented, “We received a phone call late on Thursday night with talk of a loan with option to buy… None of their directors contacted me personally.”

Eloquently putting the emotions into words, he continued, “We demand respect for Salernitana, for myself, for the history of the club and its fans.” The undercurrent was clear: Salernitana felt slighted.

Dia’s Attitude in Question

The off-pitch drama has had its on-pitch ramifications. Dia’s heated response to the Wolves saga has seen his commitment come under scrutiny. As De Sanctis mused, “Dia was not called up because in his attitude he showed that he is not ready to play against Lecce.”

The Senegalese international, a €12m jewel in Salernitana’s crown following his stint from Villarreal, seems to be at a crossroad with his current employers.

Behind the Scenes: Salernitana’s Transfers

Away from the Dia debacle, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Salernitana either. There appears to be a thread of disconnect between the upper echelons and the tactical command, with Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa hinting at being out of the loop regarding new signings.

However, defending the club’s stance, De Sanctis praised Sousa, saying he’s “the ideal coach to develop their talent.”

On their summer transfer ambitions, Salernitana’s long gaze at Juventus’ youth prospects like Fabio Miretti and Hans Nicolussi Caviglia ended in vain. As De Sanctis confided, they had to shift their gaze abroad due to constraints, exemplified by their inability to rope in Juve’s Facundo Gonzalez.


Football Italia has captured a tale that reiterates the age-old belief: in football, the game beyond the pitch can sometimes be as compelling as the 90 minutes on it. Wolverhampton’s play for Dia, Salernitana’s call for respect, and the club’s internal dynamics – it’s a saga that promises to unfurl even more as the season progresses.

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