Wolves were linked with a move for Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite last week.

Barca are trying to cut their wage bill and raise funds by having a clearout this summer.

Wolves have already benefited from their financial situation with the signing of Nelson Semedo last summer and loan of Francisco Trincao this time around.

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According to Spanish outlet Sport, their interest in Braithwaite is being driven by Jorge Mendes, who is so key to the club’s transfer business.

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The Braithwaite situation might be an interesting insight into just how much sway Mendes has at Molineux.

The 56-cap Danish international is 30, which is older than the age profile of a lot of Wolves’ signings.

He didn’t pull him many trees at Middlesbrough between 2017 and 2019 and the reaction of some fans to the links wasn’t positive.

 

They also claim that, as it stands, Braithwaite would prefer to join West Ham instead.

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Perhaps that’s simply because they only have the injury-prone Michail Antonio up front and there would be more chance for Braithwaite to play.

Raul Jimenez is Wolves’ main man and Fabio Silva is going to get gametime and patience because he was such a big investment.

West Ham will be in Europe next season and those extra games could see Braithwaite play a fair bit if he moved to east London.

So we’ll see how big Mendes’ influence is in this particular situation.

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