Wolverhampton Wanderers maestro Joao Moutinho is coming to the end of his playing career.

The star turns 35 in September and the 2020/21 season was the first time he has shown signs of decline.

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Joao Moutinho (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

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For many, Moutinho is one of the finest players ever to wear the shirt.

But all good things must come to an end eventually.

The £100,000-a-week star (Spotrac) does have a year remaining on his contract at Molineux.

But there have been reports he could go this summer. FC Porto are said to be keen.

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Joao Moutinho (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

There was a report yesterday that Jorge Mendes could take Moutinho to Valencia.

 

That is quite interesting. Wolves have previously been linked with a move for Kang-in Lee, who has just been named among the nominees for the 2021 Golden Boy.

The South Korean was reported by Sport Aragorn to be a possible signing for Wolves, with Rafa Mir heading to Valencia in a separate deal.

Moutinho plus cash for Lee?

This is potentially a good opportunity for Wolves to get creative. That’s something Scott Sellars discussed in the recent Wolves Q&A (via The Athletic).

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Kang-in Lee (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

If Valencia have interest in Moutinho, Wolves have got to look at offering him in exchange for Lee.

Obviously, cash would need to be offered too. After all, technician Lee is a player with fantastic potential.

It’s surely an option worth exploring.

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