The Express and Star reporter Joe Edwards has recently discussed Wolverhampton Wanderers duo Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore.
During the 2019/20 Premier League season, the pair were Wolves’ two best-rated players, with Jimenez picking up a 7.25/10 average rating and Traore earning a stellar 7.49/10 (per WhoScored).
Their impressive performances for the Old Gold left both with a number of big-name suitors.
Supposedly, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus were all interested in Jimenez, as the player discussed in an interview with Bolavip (via Tuttosport).
Meanwhile, Spanish winger Traore was reported by ESPN to have clubs such as Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona eyeing him.
So, in the latest episode of the E&S Wolves Podcast, Edwards discussed the pair and the transfer links regarding them.
He said: “I’m not trying to sugarcoat things, but if you are looking for positives [after] they’ve got rid of [Matt] Doherty, you don’t want to rule anything out entirely, but I think they’re looking in a stronger position now to keep hold of the likes of Jimenez and Traore.
“All the speculation about those players has gone very quiet. I mean, I understand Wolves never received any firm bids for those players, anyway.
“[Luis] Suarez is the one who’s being linked with Juventus heavily now by the Italian media. Traore’s Liverpool links have pretty much died a death.
“So, at least if you’re looking for crumbs of comfort… I mean, it’s a very real situation that Doherty has been sold and there’s not a replacement in, you know – that’s got to be sorted.”
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, it may act as some consolation to Wolves fans after Doherty’s sale to Tottenham Hotspur that the links surrounding Traore and Jimenez have quietened down.
If you had to pick one of the three players to have left Wolves this summer, who would it have been?
While it is understandable that it may be frustrating that Wolves have sold their fifth-best performer from the most recent season, it should certainly be taken as some comfort that it now looks more likely that they will keep their best two.