Five ins and outs Wolves could complete this week
Wolves are one of the teams to make a splash in the transfer window this summer as they show ambition to challenge in the Premier League.
They may be one of the three promoted clubs, but they are barely being mentioned in the relegation discussion and that speaks volumes about their recruitment. Portuguese internationals Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho are two of the players to arrive this summer.
With the transfer window reaching its’ climax, Wolves remain in the market for further reinforcements and they are being linked with some more big name signings. Here, we discuss five deals that could happen at Molineux this week:
Marcos Rojo – Manchester United
Manchester United are reportedly in the market for defensive additions and to make that happen, they will want to offload one or two of their current squad. The Independent reported over the weekend that Marcos Rojo is closing in on a move to Wolves after falling out of favour at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old can be a discipline risk at times, but he has lots of international and Premier League experience. The latter is needed in the current Wolves squad. There is no doubting the talent available to Nuno Espirito Santo, but he also needs players with knowledge of the English top-flight.
Although he has never been a regular starter for Manchester United, he has featured often since joining the club and he will suit Wolves’ style of play. Rojo is very confident in possession and able to launch attacks from deep.
Joe Bryan – Bristol City
It was a surprise that Wolves opted to sell the talented Barry Douglas to Leeds United over the weekend. The Scottish left-back contributed five goals and 14 assists during their promotion-winning season from a left wing-back position. However, Nuno clearly doubts whether he can replicate that in the Premier League.
Jonny Castro has joined the club on loan from Atletico Madrid and he is comfortable in both wing-back positions, but there may be an attempt to sign another left-sided player for competition. Last week, the Bristol Post reported that Wolves had joined Newcastle United in the race for Joe Bryan.
“I’ve coached him since he’s been 14 years old and played him every game, and his dad did my dad’s heart surgery so there’s definitely vested interest in the Bryan family doing well. But I have to do a job for my football club: and that is to re-sign Joe Bryan or if we we can’t then it’s to replace Joe Bryan for the money that we will undoubtedly receive for him,”
Although he didn’t match Douglas’ productivity last season. He did contribute five goals and three assists in the Championship. At the age of 24, it is clear that he has the potential to grow into a very good player.
Wolves need to be careful to meet homegrown squad registration rules and the signing of a player like Bryan would be regarded as a positive.
Pepe – Besiktas
There are plenty of rumours linking centre-backs to Wolves and Fanatik in Turkey report that Pepe could be the latest Portuguese international to join the club in a €7 million deal.
At the age of 35, the defender is approaching the end of his career. However, he showed during the World Cup that he can still compete at the highest level and it would represent another coup for the newly-promoted club if he did join.
In addition to aggression and experience, Pepe would provide leadership and would be a good influence on the rest of the Portuguese players at the club. It remains to be seen if there are truth to these reports, but it wouldn’t be a surprise given Jorge Mendes’ influence at the club.
Adama Traore – Middlesbrough
It has been a surprise that Adama Traore hasn’t moved this summer. He has a release clause of €18 million and his potential will appeal to plenty of Premier League clubs.
The Express and Star report that Wolves are monitoring his situation and wish to assess the extent of his current injury before making a move. Last season, he contributed five goals and ten assists in the Championship in a year of development for him.
In his previous seasons as a Premier League player, he has looked raw and his final ball has been inconsistent. That said, his raw dynamism and dribbling ability mean that he is an exciting attacking option. This could be one to keep an eye on.
John Ruddy – A return to the Championship
Championship teams will be stepping up their recruitment as their season begins this weekend. The arrival of Rui Patricio at Wolves means that Ruddy is not likely to start the season as number one and a move away may appeal.
Last season, Ruddy started all but one of Wolves’ matches and he showed himself to be a consistent presence between the sticks. The club have now decided to upgrade to Patricio and at the age of 31, it remains to be seen whether the Englishman is ready to be a number two.
A host of Championship clubs would welcome his arrival and if he does wish to move for first-team suitors, he won’t be short of options.
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