Benfica are reportedly keen to keep hold of Goncalo Guedes on loan for another season.
The winger has been with the Portuguese giants since January, when he joined them on loan from Wolves after a poor few months at Molineux.
Guedes really struggled to make an impact in a Wolves shirt.
He showed glimpses of his talent. But fans did not get the feeling that he particularly wanted to be there.
And in January, Lopetegui said that, as Guedes completed his move away.
It has not been a very good stint for Guedes back in his homeland.
He started quite brightly.
But his spell has been ruined by injuries. Back in March, he had a small knee surgery, which put him on the sidelines for around a month.
And now, Guedes is undergoing a second surgery. He will miss Benfica’s final league game against Vitoria SC.
For Wolves it is frustrating. The loan spell was a chance for Guedes to raise his stock again after it had fallen after playing for Wolves.
In an ideal world the player would have flourished, allowing Wolves to make back as money as possible on the 26-year-old.
Wolves could really have done with him playing well. Especially now that there are some FFP issues and plater sales are needed.
Interestingly, Record claim that Benfica are now looking to extend Guedes’ loan through to next season.
They will apparently open talks with Wolves about this in due course.
Wolves’ decision on Goncalo Guedes this summer will be very interesting, as Benfica eye second loan
So Benfica will see about taking Guedes on loan again.
This obviously would not help Wolves in their goal of raising funds to offset spending.
So it may be that Wolves put the feelers out to see if there’s interest from other clubs in Guedes.
Should there be interest and only small offers come in, then they might end up sanctioning another loan to Benfica for Guedes.
It is a risk though as there are no guarantees Guedes will be able to have the same kind of market value he had when he first joined Wolves.
Wolves would surely want to sell Guedes this summer, and for as close to the £27.5 million they paid Valencia as possible.