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According to Wolves Bite, Derby County want to sign forward Ivan Cavaleiro this summer as they look to prise him away from the Midlands outfit.
Wolves have already agreed to let one fringe player leave this summer, seeing Helder Costa depart for Leeds on an initial loan deal.
However, another individual they seem keen on letting go is Cavaleiro.
The Portuguese, who was once the club’s record signing, could leave either permanently or on loan during the course of the transfer window.
If Nuno allows Cavaleiro to leave imminently it could be a huge risk.
The 5 foot 9 winger was incredibly inconsistent last term, scoring just three goals and claiming a solitary assist despite starting just six times in the league, but Wolves need to park this potential exit for the time being.
The reason behind this is the fact that they’ve yet to add anyone to their squad.
In a few weeks’ time, the Midlands outfit will embark on their Europa League voyage but having used just 21 players in the top-flight last term, could struggle for numbers in the early parts of their season.
Therefore, unless a replacement is signed, they could be making a blunder by allowing him to depart ahead of their European qualifiers.
The fact of the matter is that unless Wolves decide to go with young players, they are lacking many genuine options in forward areas. Even then, solely relying on academy products could be a risk.
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Cavaleiro had a poor 2018/19 but with Raul Jimenez only just finishing international duty with Mexico at the Gold Cup, it’s likely he’ll need an extended break before returning.
That will again further limit their options in attack.
Behind Diogo Jota and Jimenez, the 25-year-old was their third-highest-scoring attacker. With three goals it’s hardly an outstanding number but he could prove useful in the early stages of continental competition.
Nuno, therefore, must avoid taking a risk and wait before agreeing to a permanent or temporary transfer.