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On-loan Barcelona winger Francisco Trincao will coordinate with Primeira Liga side Sporting Lisbon in pushing for a loan exit for the next season, reports Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, via O Jogo.
Trincao, 22, is looking forward to returning to his homeland as he wishes to play for a team that regularly participates in the UEFA Champions League.
Given Sporting’s position this season, second in the standing after leaders Porto, he believes the team can offer him a perfect stage through which he can challenge for a place in Portugal’s squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
As of today, he is very much happy with his role at Wolverhampton Wanderers, having appeared in 26 games across all competitions, but he understands continuing in the Premier League would only reduce his chances of going to Qatar.
And so, he is willing to use his Premier League experience by playing in a relatively less competitive environment. By doing so, the 22-year-old will get enough media exposure to come within the sights of Fernando Santos, coach of Portugal’s national football team.
Trincao signed for Barcelona in January 2020 from Braga for a fee reported to be around €31 million. He signed a five-year contract with a buyout clause of €500 million.
The youngster made 42 appearances during the 2020-21 season, scoring three goals, before moving to Wolves in July 2021.
Now, it must be noted that Trincao remains a key piece in Barcelona’s hopes of landing Adama Traore on a permanent deal next season. He knows that and even Wolves are aware of it.
However, it’s still not clear whether he would want to continue playing in the Premier League next season since his heart is set on moving back to Portugal.
On the other hand, there is a high possibility that Barça might as well ask for a transfer fee if Xavi gives the green light. In that case, the team will not only free up significant space in the wage bill but will also pocket a handsome amount.
In any way, Sporting are ready to work on the possibility and Trincao’s agent, Jorge Mendes might very well work a deal in the coming months.
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