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Wolves: Moutinho contract discussions continue with Franck Kessie & Suso eyed

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Wolves recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

MOUTINHO IN CONTRACT TALKS

Joao Moutinho has said that he wants to win a trophy with Wolves to ensure that he maintains his record of winning a trophy at every club he’s been at.

The 33-year-old gave an interview to Uefa Europa League Show, screened by Wolves TV (via WolvesBite), shining more light on his ambitions at Wolves.

WolvesBite also claims that the Portuguese international is now in talks to extend his contract at Molineux.

“Thankfully I have won a trophy at every club, and I have left a legacy.

“It’s important for me to learn, and contribute to the success of these clubs.

“The club I play for now has the same objective. I am here to help, and to give my all.

“It’s always been my ambition to play in England. I wanted to feel the passion of the fans that you can see on TV.

“Everything I have done in my career has led me here. My time so far in football has been amazing.

“I made each decision to ensure my career development.”

Verdict

Wolves fans can hardly be anything other than happy with his words and should be thankful they have someone of such strong experience in their squad.

Joao Moutinho could prove crucial for Wolves this season – especially in the Europa League.

The midfielder is the third-most capped player of all-time in Portugal, has the Primeira Liga and Ligue 1 title under his belt, and has also won the Europa League in 2011 with Porto.

This is all going to be really important for Wolves – especially if they reach the knock-out rounds – as they don’t have many other players with such European experience.

FRANCK KESSIE TO BE TARGETED

Wolves are preparing for a potential move for Ivorian international Franck Kessie.

According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato), Wolves were wanting the player in the summer window, but could not get the player to Molineux.

Now the Italian outlet report that Wolves have made an offer for the midfielder, with the Rossoneri allegedly interested in the offer with them currently in financial difficulties (the Guardian).

Verdict

With Wolves now having the added pressure and matches with being in the Europa League, some more legs could be really good for the side.

Nuno Espirito Santo tends to prefer playing three men in the middle of the park in a 3-5-2, Kessie could add more depth to a squad who currently have the options of Reuben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss to play in that position.

With Dendoncker and Neves not having the best of seasons – only averaging match ratings of 6.48 and 6.5, according to WhoScored – more quality could be useful for Wolves.

WOLVES WANT SUSO

SempreMilan have reported (via TEAMtalk) that AC Milan are reportedly willing to sell Suso in January over his poor form.

The report states that the Spaniard’s name was booed when read out during his side’s 2-2 draw versus Lecce on the weekend.

The 25-year-old has a £32.8m release clause in his contract, according to the report.

Wolves may face competition from other sides though, with West Ham, Fiorentina and Sevilla also allegedly knocking at the door.

Verdict

There’s no doubt Suso has talent, as he has been a consistent performer for Milan since joining them.

In his time playing in Italy, he has managed 26 goals and 31 assists in 137 games, so it’s not surprising to see teams sniffing around if the club want to get rid.

Still, you do have to question where he could fit in within this Wolves team, as their 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 doesn’t exactly cater for the Spaniard’s best position.

Suso tends to play either in attacking midfield or as a winger, rather than a wing-back or central midfield as used within Nuno’s preferred formations.

What do you make of these stories, Wolves fans? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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