This could be a long and arduous summer for Wolverhampton Wanderers if they face intense interest from elsewhere for their star players.
The Old Gold are restricted when it comes to finances and they will need to sell before they can significantly invest in the playing staff.
Ruben Neves continues to attract the interest of Arsenal as his departure from Wolves look pretty inevitable this summer.
However, Bruno Lage also faces a battle to keep flashy winger Adama Traore at the club. Pedro Neto has been linked with a mega £50m move to Manchester United and Rui Patricio has already headed to pastures new.
There could also be a departure for Daniel Podence who is now fielding interest from Tottenham, according to reports.
Former Wolves boss Nuno Santo is now in charge of the Lilywhites and is preparing to make a proposal to his old employers in a bid to sign Podence.
If Spurs are genuinely interested in signing Podence then Wolves must be incredibly open to concluding a deal.
Their spending power is limited and if they can receive a tidy fee for a bit-part player they should grasp it with both hands.
Wolves have already signed Trincao this summer and with his ability to play in a variety of forward areas, it could limit Podence’s overall game time.
The 25-year-old struggled last season, missing over 100 days of action due to a variety of injuries. He missed the conclusion of the campaign with a groin problem while sustaining thigh and shoulder issues in 2020/21.
Consequently, the Portuguese scored just three goals in 25 outings for the Old Gold.
Once dubbed a “phenomenal” player by Wolves reporter Tim Spiers, Podence was actually more of a frustration last term.
Of course, he struggled to find form due to his injuries but he feels like an expendable player in a window where the club needs to raise vital funds.
Rather than selling Neves or Traore, they should look to generate cash by selling Podence to Tottenham in the coming weeks.
A tricky and wily player on his day, he should, unfortunately, have no future under Lage at Molineux.
Combine his injuries and fitness with the arrival of Trincao and he looks rather doomed in the Midlands.