Wolves’ European hopes would be boosted if they sign Quaresma

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According to a report from Aksam, Wolves are a potential suitor for Ricardo Quaresma this summer.

What’s the word?

As another week begins Wolves still appear no closer to bringing in a new face.

Ivan Cavaleiro departed the club over the weekend, becoming the second fringe player to pack his bags after Helder Costa also left on loan for Leeds.

Initially it had been reported that Quaresma had snubbed Wolves but according to Aksam, they are still interested in the winger whose future could well be in doubt.

The publication states that he has had offers from Vietnam and America but Besiktas manager Abdullah Avci will decide his fate and whether he actually moves away.

Key ingredient in Europe

Wolves’ squad is now even thinner after witnessing Cavaleiro and Costa depart so signing new players is absolutely essential.

Quaresma, therefore, would add much-needed depth to an attacking area that barring Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, will now predominantly be made up of youth players.

However, it isn’t just depth that the Portuguese would offer, but it’s his sheer experience at the top level that could prove key, especially in the Europa League.

As Wolves head into the 2019/20 season, they will play in continental competition for the first time since 1980 and therefore finding more players who have experience in Europe will be of huge benefit.

Of course, the club already have a number of stars to have featured at the highest level with the likes of Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves all playing a big part for the Portugal national team.

Yet, Quaresma would offer more experience than any of them.

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At the age of 35, he’s past his best, but this is a player who has 80 caps for his country and has played in numerous Champions League and Europa League campaigns.

The winger has played 60 times in Europe’s premier competition, contributing to 21 goals in the process. He’s meanwhile played a hand in 17 goals in just 33 matches in its sister tournament. He also played eight times when it was known as the UEFA Cup.

Even at his age, the experience Quaresma could bring to a team that haven’t competed among some of Europe’s top clubs for such a long period of time could help them thrive.