Wolves confirm signing of Barcelona starlet Francisco Trincao

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Wolves have signed Trincao from Barcelona
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Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signing of Barcelona starlet Francisco Trincao, with the winger initially joining on loan with an option to buy.

The 21-year-old has spent only one season in Catalonia, but with the club in financial trouble, they are looking to cash in on as many players as possible.

Wolves announced on Sunday morning that they have completed the signing of Trincao, who'll join the club on a season-long loan, becoming Bruno Lage's second transfer of the summer.

The Premier League side also inserted an option to buy clause in the deal, which, according to The Athletic, is believed to be around £25m - a similar figure to the fee Barça paid only 12 months ago.

Trincao arrived at Camp Nou from Braga in the summer of 2020, for a fee worth €31m. He failed to make a real impression in Catalonia however, scoring three goals in 28 matches, with most of those appearances coming off the bench.

The winger suffered from the fact that he was forced to share the right-wing duties with captain and football legend Lionel Messi, leaving him with little hope of nailing down a starting position or making an impact on the side.

In the end, he was able to complete a full 90 minutes only once during his time in La Liga, as he struggled to gain the faith of Barça coach Ronald Koeman. He remains extremely highly-rated as a star for the future however, having scored nine goals and providing 13 assists during his final season at Braga back in 2019/20.

New Wolves coach Lage is aiming to build his own squad this summer, and the marquee signing of Trincao is a major statement of intent. The Portuguese youngster is the second player to arrive at Molineux thus far, as he follows Colombian defender Yerson Mosquera, who signed from Atletico Nacional.