By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

10th Jul, 2022 | 7:10am

Wolves are the big losers in Francisco Trincao deal - Zach Lowy

Wolves will be the big losers in the Francisco Trincao deal with the Portuguese winger close to a transfer to Sporting Lisbon, according to American sports journalist Zach Lowy.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Molineux from Barcelona but is now set to return to Portugal on a permanent transfer.

However, Lowy has revealed the details behind the deal and explained why Wolves will suffer the biggest loss in the deal.

Lowy said: “Wolves paid Barcelona €8m [£6.7m] after deciding to not make Francisco Trincão’s loan permanent…whilst also receiving a 20% resale clause.

“Days later, Barcelona sell Trincão to Sporting for €10m [£8.5m], meaning that Wolves will receive just €2m [£1.7m] from the sale.

“What’s more, Barcelona are going to maintain a buyback option and a 50% resale clause on Trincão so it seems like the only ‘loser’ of this deal is Wolves.”

New start for Trincao?

This move sees a fresh start for Trincao in his native Portugal after an unsuccessful stint in England with the Midlands club.

The 22-year-old winger made 30 appearances in all competitions last season but only managed a measly total of three goals and one assist during that time.

Despite there being glimpses of his talent and trickery, he never managed to consistently show that over course of games and regularly came off the bench, only recording 1340 Premier League minutes, the equivalent of 15 games.

However, he still has a bright future, and it was only two years ago that he was one of the most sought-after talents in football after scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists for Braga in 2019.

He has also made seven appearances for his national team, with anyone being able to break into the current Portugal team with their abundance of talent, clearly being a noteworthy player.

Barcelona won the race for this signature in the summer of 2020, paying £27m for the then 20-year-old’s services, but he only recorded three goals and two assists in 42 appearances for the Blauguarana.

If he can recapture his form for Portugal this move could be a move best for all parties, especially with Wolves welcoming back the returning Adam Traore to their ranks.

In other news, Wolves striker Fabio Silva is set to sign a new one-year deal before leaving the club on loan.