Wolves Rival Arsenal & Crystal Palace in Race for RB Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-Chan

​Wolverhampton Wanderers have identified Hwang Hee-Chan as a key transfer target after the forward’s impressive displays for Red Bull Salzburg in 2019/20.

The 23-year-old has scored nine times and collected 14 assists in his 23 appearances this season, with eight of his goal-involvements coming in the Champions League group stages. He has been one of several standout players at a much-celebrated Salzburg side in recent months, with stars like Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino also linked with a switch away from Red Bull Arena.


​Crystal Palace and ​Arsenal are both believed to be ​interested in signing Hee-Chan, who is valued at around €25m. However, they will face stiff competition from ​Wolves as the Wanderers look to maintain their upward trajectory.

The Midlands side have been threatening to break the ​Premier League ‘Big Six’ since their return to the top flight in 2018, and the ​Telegraph claim they want to add the South Korean to their ever-improving squad.

Wolves will likely wait until the summer before making their move, but they could look to bring him in during the January transfer window, having sent scouts to watch him play for Salzburg on several occasions this campaign.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Slovan Bratislava: Group K - UEFA Europa League

Wanderers sporting director Kevin Thelwell was in attendance as ​Liverpool beat Salzburg 2-0 in the ​Champions League on Tuesday night, with that result bringing an end to the Austrians’ hopes of making the knockout stages.

Though Salzburg ultimately fell short of making the last 16, their elimination will have no bearing on Hee-Chan’s immediate future. Even if Wolves are able to secure his signature in January, they would allegedly loan him back to Jesse Marsch’s side.

Nevertheless, the Molineux outfit have an advantage over their rivals. In terms of finances, they are stronger than Palace, whilst they’re also more likely to be playing European football upcoming in seasons.

FC Red Bull Salzburg v SV Mattersburg - tipico Bundesliga

On top of that, the Midlanders will be able to offer Hee-Chan more game-time than the Gunners, and their interest appears to greater, making Wolverhampton the likelier destination for the striker.

Unfortunately for Salzburg, he is not the only star performer seemingly set to depart, with ​Liverpool reportedly closing on a deal for Minamino. Additionally, it’s understood ​Juventus have offered a contract to in-demand hitman Haaland.

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