Jorge Mendes is reportedly working on a deal to take Francisco Trincao to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (28/3, pg 73), a transfer is ‘almost certain’ for the 21-year-old, so long as Nuno Espirito Santo remains head coach.

Barcelona are said to need to make a number of player sales this summer in order to ease financial pressure.

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Trincao is someone they would apparently be willing to sell, despite having only landed him last summer from SC Braga – which is Pedro Neto’s old club – in a £27 million deal (Goal).

Barca would be happy to take £19 million for Trincao, but could also permit a one-year loan with Wolves to pay his wages.

 

Trincao, 21, has made 36 appearances so far this season and scored three goals and provided two assists.

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Francisco Trincao (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

The vast majority of those appearances have come as a substitute, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and – when he was fit – Ansu Fati all ahead of him.

Barca have recently switched to a formation that uses wing-backs under Ronald Koeman, making things difficult for Trincao.

£19 million may be good value

Trincao is a big talent, and so, if true, a £19 million fee is actually a bit of a surprise.

The one concern would be how Trincao would fit the system at Wolves.

That said, there has been talk that Nuno could look to go with a more traditional back four next season, which would probably suit Trincao better.

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