Following the departure of Nuno from Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, it is expected to be a summer of heavy upheaval at Molineux.
Both Adama Traore and Ruben Neves have been linked with transfers to Premier League rivals, and it could be a large rebuilding job under Bruno Lage, who is expected to be confirmed as the club’s new boss in the coming days.
However,, with Neves expected to play a key role for Portugal and Traore likewise for Spain, if they both shine for their respective nations at Euro 2020, then they will markedly increase their transfer value.
This approach is certainly a gamble, especially with news emerging from the club over the past few weeks that they will need to sell in order to buy. On the flip side, if one or both players were to disappoint at the finals their value may plummet, subsequently that would give Wolves less time to bring in additions.
What bodes well for the club if they were to take this gamble is that both players are thought of highly by their national team coaches.
Traore has won his first five caps for Spain this season under Luis Enrique. Additionally, Neves has started two out of Portugal’s last three competitive fixtures.
Although this does not take away from the issues facing the club in terms of their budget for recruitment this summer, they can look to slightly offset this hurdle by selling fringe players.
Two strikers who have struggled to establish themselves at Molineux, Patrick Cutrone and Rafa Mir, could both bring in generous sums of money for the club to work with. Especially Mir, who impressed on loan at Huesca this season.
Another option to keep Wolves ticking over is to exploit the free-agent and loan market, something that owner, Jeff Shi, spoke about during the club’s fans forum last month.
With incoming boss Lage’s burgeoning reputation with young players, a couple of experienced signings could help exciting prospects such as Pedro Neto and Fabio Silva to thrive next season.
Euro 2020 may provide the final opportunity for fans to see either or both Neves and Traore as Wolves players, and it may be worth hoping they shine, even if their future does not lie in Wolverhampton.