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Wolves should feel comfortable letting Marcal leave this summer

Wolves defender Fernando Marcal is being linked with a move to Botafogo at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old currently stands to leave Molineux when his contract expires.

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Goal say the player is actually in negotiations with the South American, which potentially points to him moving on.

Marcal has had an interesting time at Molineux since making his move to the club in 2020 from Lyon.

Wolves paid just £1.78 million to sign the defender, and it was seen as a really good business due to the player’s experience and versatility.

His first season saw him make 15 appearances, with injuries really limiting his opportunities.

His injury record was something Wolves were fully aware of before signing him. But his performances in helping Lyon reach a Champions League semi-final and his low valuation seemingly meant the club were more than comfortable bringing him in.

This term, Marcal has been pretty decent for Wanderers.

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He started as the number one choice for Bruno Lage. But Rayan Ait-Nouri has arguably shown himself to be a more well-rounded player as time has gone on.

Marcal does rotate in every now and then, and tends to do a satisfactory job.

His contract is up at the end of the season, and Wolves officials will be deciding whether to offer him a new one or allow him to move on.

Realistically, as decent as he can be, Wolves should feel comfortable letting the player depart.

Marcal could leave and Wolves would be fine

Wolves shouldn’t be looking to enter a third season with Marcal.

He is 33 now, and it is probably a good time to replace him with someone who is a bit younger.

Simply put, it’s hard to see how Wolves would really miss him.

Ait-Nouri and Jonny Castro Otto are great options for left wing-back. Then there’s youngster Ryan Giles, who Bruno Lage really likes. The manager will be taking a look at him when he returns from his loan stint at Blackburn Rovers.

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Marcal is also capable of playing at left centre-back. Arguably though, there is no real need for him there following the emergence of Toti Gomes.

The £35,000-a-week star has enjoyed a decent time with Wolves. He’s given some great performances, but the club should not feel desperately inclined to hand him a new deal.