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Wolves fear a fire sale if they are demoted from the Premier League this season, according to a recent report from soccer outlet Football Insider.
It is expected that the midfield will require a significant overhaul during the summer transfer window if some of the club’s best players depart.
Wolves Midfield Trio Likely to Depart This Summer
Wolves desire stability in their roster but are cognizant that Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes, and Joao Moutinho could go in the offseason amid offers from clubs competing at a higher level.
It is said that Julen Lopetegui is unwilling to lose all three stars but will definetly face an uphill challenge in keeping them if his side are relegated.
Thirty six year-old Moutinho’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he is unlikely to remain at Molineux unless Wolves maintain Premier League membership.
In July 2022, he agreed to a one-year contract extension only after lengthy and arduous negotiations with the club’s board produced a breakthrough and the Portuguese midfielder stayed at the side.
It was reported earlier this week that Neves, 26, is prepared to leave the club this summer even if the Midlands club remains in the Premier League.
Sources are reported to have indicated that Liverpool are the favorites to sign 24-year-old Nunes when the transfer market opens this usmmer, despite the fact that he only joined Wolves in the last summer window (2022).
Even though they are currently 13th in the Premier League, Wolves are in danger of relegation for the first time since their promotion in 2017-18 courtesy of the extremely tight standings in the bottom half of the league.
The Wolverhampton club’s four-point advantage over West Ham is not enought o assure them of safety with so many games remaining and they also have one of the worst goal differentials in the league.
In January, Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui initiated a midfield rebuild by signing former Southampton star Mario Lemina and 21-year-old Brazilian Joao Gomes.
Boubacar Traore, 21 years old, will become a permanent signing in the summer after triggering a provision in his loan deal from Metz.
Leeds Loss A Big Blow to Wolves Premier League Hopes
However, all that work could be undone if Wolves go down at the end of this season and are forced to cut ties with their best players to ensure financial stability.
Wanderers suffered a big blow at the weekend when they were defeated 4-2 by fellow relegation contenders Leeds United at Molineaux Stadium.
In a dramatic tie, the side worked their way back to within a goal of Leeds after scoring two comeback goals in the second half. However, Rodrigo Moreno’s late goal ended the tie as Leeds went back two goals ahead and secured a vital three points in their quest to stay afloat.
Wolves face another huge fixture after the international break when they face Nottingham Forest on April 1st. The newly promoted Forest are currently in 16th position on 26 points, just a single point behind Wolves.
A second consecutive loss would be disastrous for Lopetegui’s side and would increase the chances of a fire sale taking place at the club comes season’s end.