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Wolves can land perfect Saiss replacement in David Carmo

Wolves ended their latest Premier League season with one of the best defensive records in the top flight.

The Old Gold conceded 43 goals in their 38 league matches, leaving only the clubs that finished in the top four with a better concession rate.

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One man who played a big part in this impressive factor of their season is Romain Saiss.

Across 31 league appearances, the Moroccan made more clearances (173) than any other Wolves player, along with a higher combined total of tackles and interceptions (141) than anyone else in Bruno Lage’s squad.

In fact, of the seven league games that the 32-year-old missed, the Old Gold failed to keep a clean sheet in any of them.

Now that it has been revealed that the defender won’t be at the club next season following six years of service, the summer transfer window will give Lage the chance to bring in a suitable replacement for Saiss.

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One man who has been linked with a move to Molineux recently who could fit that particular bill is Braga centre-back David Carmo.

With 87 appearances across Braga’s youth and senior teams, the 22-year-old would definitely be a good long-term option for Wolves in terms of his age and relative experience.

After recovering from an ankle injury, the centre-back – who reportedly has a release clause of €40m (£34m) – played in Braga’s final 12 league games of the season. Over those dozen matches, they kept seven clean sheets, after only recording nine in their 22 games prior to Carmo’s return.

To further highlight his defensive prowess, the £13.5m-rated defender ended the campaign with the second-highest average for clearances per game (three) in Braga’s squad.

Labelled as “one of the best” centre-backs in Portugal according to his manager Carlos Carvalhal, the defender could well be Lage’s dream replacement for Saiss.

Taking all this into account, it seems clear that Carmo is a capable defender who could well become a top player in the Premier League if given the chance to impress in England’s top flight.

With the Old Gold presumably looking to add another defender to their ranks following Saiss’ departure, we feel that the Braga colossus should be near the top of their list for potential candidates.

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