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.
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.
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.