Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho is being linked with a return to FC Porto.

According to Portuguese TV outlet Sic Noticias, negotiations have actually already started between player and club.

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Moutinho is about to head into the final year of his contract at Molineux, which does put his Wolves future in some doubt this summer.

Porto was the club Moutinho left to join AS Monaco in 2013, before moving on to join Wolves in the summer of 2018 for a bargain £5 million (BBC Sport).

It’s said that Wolves would be happy to receive a fee similar to that amount to sell.

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Moutinho enjoyed a fantastic first couple of seasons at Molineux, but his level did dip in 2020/21. That said, he wasn’t the only one.

He was still very much a regular in the side under Nuno Espirito Santo, but he was far less consistent, and often came in for criticism.

He’s made 137 appearances for Wolves so far, and one wonders if there will be more to come in light of Porto’s interest.

Wolves should consider sale

He was phenomenal in his first couple of seasons, but there was no denying Moutinho’s decline in 2020/21.

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Perhaps Wolves ought to consider offloading him and signing Vitinha permanently to succeed him.

What probably shouldn’t happen is he keeps his place as a regular starter.

The man will be 35 in a few months, and very few teams with ambition have 35-year-old’s playing consistently in midfield.

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