New Barcelona manager Xavi reportedly wants to recall Francisco Trincao from Wolves.

According a report from Trincao’s native Portugal, by Record, Xavi has asked Barca to start the process.

They report that Barcelona must negotiate with Wolves if they wish to end the loan early.

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And given the fact that Wolves paid 6 million euros (£5.1 million) to loan Trincao, Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona would need to financially compensate them to carry out Xavi’s wishes.

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Wolves also have to option to buy Trincao in the summer for 30 million euros (£25.7 million).

Xavi reportedly views having wide options as integral to his Barca revolution.

Getting Trincao back in could help boost his choices in that area of the pitch.


That said, Barcelona’s financial issues have been widely reported, and it remains to be seen whether they are willing to pay out to recall one of their own players in the middle of the season.

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(Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

How big a miss would Trincao be?

Trincao has shown signs of his ability in an old gold shirt but is yet to score in the league.

With Pedro Neto to come back, and Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-Chan available, Trincao could be replaced.

But Wolves would perhaps need to accelerate their work buying Hwang is Trincao was recalled.

And of course Neto is still some way from a return, while Traore’s contract situation is still dragging on.

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