By Daniel Feliciano

9th Jul, 2022 | 7:30am

Fabio Silva to sign new one-year Wolves extension before leaving on loan - report

Wolves striker Fabio Silva is set to sign a one-year contract extension with the club before joining Anderlecht on a season-long loan, according to the Express and Star.

The Portuguese youth international is the club’s record signing after joining in a £40m deal from Porto in 2020, but has struggled for regular first-team football behind Raul Jimenez.

The club are now set to allow him to leave on loan for regular action, but a fresh report by journalist Liam Keen [July 8] claims the 19-year-old will first put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Molineux.

That will see the youngsters deal extended until 2026 rather than 2025, before his season-long loan move is confirmed.

The deal for his temporary exit will have no buy option included, meaning the player will return to the Midlands in the summer of 2023 ready to compete for a first-team place if all goes well.

Sensible

Silva is clearly a talented young footballer, but he needs regular first-team football to be able to develop and he simply wasn’t getting that in the Premier League.

A move to Belgium will see him play at a high level and regularly, and give Wolves the chance to see him get better while not worrying about him stagnating on their bench.

The decision to loan him out makes plenty of sense, but the decision to give him a new contract is also very sensible. The club will lose a year of his services, so adding that year on to a new contract means they don’t lose any value on their investment.

If he shines while away then the club can make a decision on his input into the first-team, while if he struggles to play and develop they have plenty of time on his contract to get as much money back for him as possible.

In other Wolves news, scouting expert Dave Azzopardi has called for a system change at Wolves