Wolves and Portuguese wingers, name a better duo; I’ll wait.
However, the latest Portuguese winger that has been linked with the Black Country club seems a vast difference to the signings of the past few seasons. With the club being linked with maverick Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma by Turkish news outlet Aksam.
While the move would have interested the Molineux faithful ten years ago, adding Quaresma this summer would be a somewhat confusing move from Nuno Espirito Santo.
Quaresma is now close to being 36-years-old and coming towards the twilight of his career, as highlighted by the offers from Asia and the United States for the winger. With all of the interest surrounding the former Inter man, Besiktas manager Abdullah Avci will decide on the Portugal international’s future soon.
The winger registered 11 assists and three goals in the Turkish Super Lig last season, which suggests he can still contribute going forward but at his age, there will inevitably be question marks over his ability to cope with the intensity of the Premier League (Something that caught Maurizio Sarri off guard).
Wolves have recently loaned out a pair of their Portuguese winger to the Championship this summer, with Helder Costa going to Leeds United and Ivan Cavaleiro moving to Fulham. The disposal of the two wide players, as well as the lack of replacements signing at Molineux, would suggest that Santo could be moving away from his preferred 3-4-3 formation, however, it could also indicate the manager wants a refreshment of his squad.
If it is the latter that the manager is after this summer, signing a 35-year-old winger from outside the top five European leagues is probably the last thing you would expect.
Of course, Quaresma has previous experience in England, having made five appearances in a loan spell at Chelsea ten years ago. The Portuguese winger has played for a who’s who of clubs around Europe during a nearly 19-year career, including the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and FC Porto. As well as a storied club career he has also amassed 80 appearances for Portugal, including the victorious European Championship campaign in 2016.
Santo has recently admitted that the club is looking to do “A bunch of business” this summer, but only wants to sign players that add quality to their squad. But as Wolves look to qualify for the Europa League group stage as well as break the top six in the Premier League, I would suspect that Santo would be looking elsewhere for his attacking reinforcements.