Wolves have signed Francisco Trincao on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season with an option to buy for £25m next summer. The winger joined Barcelona for £26.5m last summer. He scored three goals in 28 appearances last season and picked up six caps for Portugal.
“We’ve watched him a lot, especially over the last couple of months, so he’s been on our radar for quite a while,” said Wolves technical director Scott Sellars talking about Francisco Trincao. “He’s got loads of quality – signing for Barcelona from Braga shows what potential he’s got. He’s 21 and has played quite a lot of games in La Liga, so we think he’s ready for the Premier League. He’s a player who drifts past people and he has a great change of direction when he’s moving with the ball. He has great speed over two or three yards, to change direction and get away from people, can score and create, and is an exciting player.”
Trincao is set to reach the UK on Sunday but will need to quarantine before he joins his Wolves teammates. New coach Bruno Lage will meet the new squad for the first time on Sunday after taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo. Trincao is already familiar with six of his teammates who have played with them for the national team.
“We have a large Portuguese contingent, and they look after each other well but are also integrated with the whole group,” Sellars added. “They’re really hard-working, with a good mentality, so I’m sure he’ll integrate well and settle in quickly. With the manager’s Portuguese background, he knows him and speaks very highly of him, so he’s a player we’re very excited to be bringing to the club.”