Barcelona stance on double Wolves transfer revealed as Ruben Neves makeweights named

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Here are your Wolves headlines on Thursday, May 26 …

Transfer meeting set

Bruno Lage will meet with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ hierarchy to discuss his crowded wide department – and the futures of Adama Traore and Francisco Trincao are high on the agenda.

Spanish speedster Traore is set to return to Wolves with Barcelona unwilling to pay £ 25million to sign him. Traore has spent the past four months on loan at the Camp Nou, but he’s barely played under head coach Xavi since late February.

Wolves have an almost identical option to sign Trincao from Barcelona after his loan spell concluded with a late substitute appearance in the defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Portugal international Trincao scored twice in 28 Premier League appearances for Wolves.

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Lage plans to meet with chairman Jeff Shi and technical director Scott Sellars to discuss Wolves’ plans for Traore and Trincao. Wolves already have Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence, Chiquinho and Hwang Hee-chan jostling for wide forward positions, and Lage has revealed his desire for Morgan Gibbs-White to join his squad next season.

“There are a lot of things in question, and to be honest we need to understand every situation to finalize the squad that we want,” Lage explained. “We need to understand what happened with Adama, what happened with Trincao, what happened with Chiquinho, what happened with Morgan, Podence, Pedro Neto… we have six players and in that position I want just four, maybe one more, five.

“We need to understand that can happen. We will sit down one more time and discuss everything. ”

Barcelona explain Traore and Trincao stance

Joan Laporta has suggested Barcelona are being priced out of a permanent move for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore.

Traore has spent the second half of the season on loan at the Camp Nou, but it looks increasingly likely Barcelona will not exercise their £ 25million option to sign him. Laporta has previously admitted that Barcelona’s present financial predicament means they can not commit to that outlay for Traore.

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However, he has hinted that Barcelona would be open to a swap deal involving Francisco Trincao, who scored twice in 28 Premier League appearances during his season-long loan at Wolves. Wolves have an option to sign Trincao permanently for £ 25m.

In his latest interview with Barcelona-based newspaper SPORT, Laporta again floated the idea of ​​a swap deal when quizzed on Traore’s future. He said: “We are happy with him, he gave an impulse to the team and there’s nothing to recriminate him for. It’s an FFP question. The buy option is elevated and the market is moving.

“We have the Trincao situation which is reciprocal because it is the same amount of money. We’ll see what happens. The market is moving and there is interest in these players and we have to evaluate the FFP factor.”

Barcelona could offer makeweights for Neves

Barcelona is the most likely destination for in-demand Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves as things stand.

After five years at Molineux, Portugal international Neves appears to have played his final game for the club. In an emotional interview after Wolves’ final day defeat to Liverpool, Neves admitted the time may have come to chase his dreams elsewhere.

“If I go it will be really hard for me and my family, but we have dreams to live in a small space of time, and if anything happens, that’s why I was so emotional in the last game at home,” Neves said. “I do not know how it’s going to be, but if it’s my last game it’s really important.”

Wolves have completed numerous deals with Barcelona over the last two years. Nelson Semedo arrived for £ 30million in 2020, while Francisco Trincao has just enjoyed a season-long loan at Molineux.

Adama Traore’s loan spell at Barcelona has left a sour taste in the mouths of supporters, but Wolves aren’t likely to stop dealing with the Catalan club. Wolves’ transfer aide Jorge Mendes enjoys a strong relationship with Barcelona president Joan Laporta which could result in Neves moving to the Camp Nou.

But with Barcelona still struggling financially, there are question marks over whether they will be able to meet Wolves’ demands for Neves. BirminghamLive understands Wolves are hoping to receive a club-record fee for Neves which surpasses the £ 45m Liverpool paid for Diogo Jota two years ago.

Barcelona could offer Wolves makeweights to seal the deal for Neves – but who would be of interest to Bruno Lage and Co? Here are three Barcelona players could offer to Wolves.

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