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Here are your latest Wolves headlines on Thursday, June 30…

Adama teases transfer

Adama Traore has teased supporters over a potential transfer as Wolverhampton Wanderers bid to resolve his future this summer.

Traore only has one year remaining on his contract at Wolves having rejected several offers of a new one. Wolves loaned the winger to Barcelona for the second half of last season, but the La Liga club haven’t given any indication that they will be taking up their £25m option to buy Traore.

The option in that loan deal is due to expire imminently, and Wolves are expecting Traore to return to Compton Park for pre-season as things stand. Wolves returned to training on Monday for testing, with preparations set to ramp up next week before Bruno Lage and his players fly out to Alicante for a training camp.

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Whether Traore will be part of Wolves’ travelling party to Spain remains to be seen. The 26 year-old has been holidaying in Dubai with his family during the close season.

However, Traore’s latest Instagram post has left supporters wondering whether his future could be in Barcelona after all. Traore re-posted a video of his Barcelona highlights on his Instagram story with the message: “I am coming.”

Barcelona president Joan Laporta and head coach Xavi have spoken highly of Traore, with Laporta suggesting the club’s financial constraints have prevented them from triggering the option in the loan agreement. A potential swap deal involving Francisco Trincao has also been mooted, although the Portuguese winger is hoping to join Sporting after a difficult spell with Wolves.

The transfer state of play

Bruno Lage has returned to Compton Park for pre-season as Wolverhampton Wanderers accelerate preparations for the start of the new Premier League campaign.

Wolves have little over five weeks until they face Leeds United in their opening fixture at Elland Road, with six pre-season games in three different countries due to take place before then. But, as things stand, Lage is working with a small selection of players who were already at Wolves last season.

No fresh faces have been added during the close season, despite Lage’s wish for new signings to arrive by the beginning of pre-season. Brazilian winger Marquinhos and River Plate’s highly-rated Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez are two who have wriggled free of Wolves’ clutches in what has been a frustrating start to the transfer window.

Wolves haven’t lost anyone yet though, which is equally important. If there is one positive to take from this uninspiring transfer window to date, it’s that Ruben Neves remains a Wolves player.

Here is a detailed look at every area of Wolves’ squad and the club’s plans for the remainder of the window:

Goalkeepers

The departure of John Ruddy has created a vacancy to become Jose Sa’s understudy. Wolves have an obvious solution to their problem in the form of Montenegrin shot-stopper Matija Sarkic, but the preference of both player and goalkeeping supremo Tony Roberts is for him to undertake another loan move.

Sarkic excelled in the Championship during the first half of last season, keeping 10 clean sheets in 23 games for Birmingham City. Blues would re-sign Sarkic in a heartbeat, as would a host of other second tier clubs.

“With his quality, I wouldn’t want him sitting here being number three or number two, he’s a good enough goalkeeper to go and play in the Championship,” Roberts said of Sarkic. “He’s a full international. For his progression, he needs to play and get tested every week.”

Wolves are looking to address Sarkic’s contract situation, with his current deal due to expire next year, before any decision on his future is made. For Sarkic to go out on loan, Wolves need to acquire an experienced goalkeeper to fill Ruddy’s shoes.

Read about the rest of Wolves’ plans HERE

Aberdeen confirm Ronan interest

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has confirmed his interest in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Connor Ronan.

Ronan has spent the last four and a half years out on loan at six different clubs, but his stint with Scottish club St Mirren last season was undoubtedly his most productive. Ronan scored seven goals and managed four assists in 27 league outings for St Mirren.

Goodwin convinced Ronan to move to St Mirren last summer and wants to be reunited with the 24-year-old at Aberdeen, whom he joined in February. Ronan was among a group of players to return to Wolves’ training ground for pre-season on Monday, but he is likely to bid a permanent farewell this summer after eight years at Molineux.

“I have been linked with pretty much every player I worked with at St Mirren from February until now, and I’m not going to deny the fact I have a lot of admiration for Connor Ronan as a player and as a person,” Goodwin told the Daily Record. “He is a terrifically talented player and won all of the player of the year awards at St Mirren last season.

“I sold St Mirren to him and told him I would get him in that Irish set up. I banged the drum for him although he got himself into the Ireland squad. I was having dialogue with the FAI and making sure they came to watch him because he deserved the opportunity. We got him into the squad but unfortunately we weren’t able to get him a cap like we did with Jamie McGrath that time.

“Connor is a terrific player and has no end of admirers looking at him just now I would imagine. I’m not going to deny the fact that I would love to work with him again.”

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