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Wolves planning for “bunch of business” ahead of European journey

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 10:36, 16 July 2019

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says that he hopes to do “a bunch of business” between now and the end of the transfer window ahead of the club’s Europa League debut.

The club have been quiet thus far, only making the signings of Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker permanent. Nuno says that he will only bring in players who add quality to the squad, but hopes that the aforementioned pair will not be the only business they do this summer.

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    • After an impressive promotion campaign, Wolves managed to secure a seventh-placed finish last season.
    • Wolves took points off every single club in the top six apart from Liverpool, who they knocked out of the FA Cup.
    • Their Europa League qualifying campaign begins at the end of July.
    • Wolves currently only have 11 first-team players on their pre-season tour of Asia.
    • They play Newcastle in the Asia Trophy on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s clash, Santo said: “It’s obvious we have to bring (players in).

“There are a lot of things we have to have in consideration. We are only going to bring players that can add quality to the squad that we have and that’s why it requires time.

“Sometimes things are not possible but I’m hopeful that we are going to bring players in.”

Wolves were heavily linked with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa last week, with some reports even claiming that the two had agreed personal terms. The speculation has since died down, however.

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None in, but plenty out

Wolves’ squad was already thin as it was last season – they used fewer players than anyone else in the league (21). Two of those players have already been sold: Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro have both dropped down to the Championship to join Leeds United and Fulham respectively. Both were used frequently last season, and they will need replacing.

“We have only sold up until now,” said Santo. “When you make a deal you have to involve all the parts and consider all the situations.

“The players that went out – not only this season, but the season before, were based on situations: some of those players want minutes, some players just want to move to other situations or we decide that we want changes.

“I hope that we make a good (deal). Not one, but a bunch of business.”