Newly-appointed Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is reportedly keen on bringing Francisco Trincao back to Camp Nou, cutting short his loan spell at Wolves.
According to a report from Portuguese publication Record, Francisco Trincao could be on his way back to Barcelona in the January transfer window at the request of new manager Xavi Hernandez.
Trincao signed for Barcelona in the summer of 2020 from Portuguese club SC Braga but endured a difficult debut season at Camp Nou. Former manager Ronald Koeman did not always trust the 21-year-old and often tended to use him out of position, which meant that he could never get going at the club.
In 42 appearances in his first season with the Blaugrana, Trincao managed a paltry return of three goals and two assists. When the summer transfer window opened earlier this year, Koeman was swift to send him away on loan to Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he has been featuring fairly regularly.
Under the tutelage of compatriot Bruno Lage, Trincao has played nine times across all competitions for Wolves, scoring a solitary goal as well. While he has not entirely set the stage on fire with his performances, the youngster has shown signs of growing confidence that comes with playing regularly.
However, the six-time Portuguese international could be on his way back to Barcelona shortly. New manager Xavi is intent on operating with natural wingers in his attacking line but needs depth in those positions due to injury issues in the squad.
Ansu Fati made his return from almost a year out on the sidelines but has since picked up two new injuries, while Ousmane Dembele continues to be sidelined as well. With Martin Braithwaite also suffering a serious injury and Yusuf Demir not living up to expectations, it makes sense for Barcelona to look to add more quality to their attacking unit.
A move for Raheem Sterling has been mooted quite heavily, while RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo is another option under consideration. But deals for the duo will not be cheap. Given the Blaugrana’s financial situation, it might make more sense for them to bring back someone like Trincao, considering that the club also needs money to spend on a new centre-forward in January.
The 21-year-old had a forgettable debut season in Catalonia, barring a few bright moments here and there. He will hope to fare better under the guidance of Xavi should Barcelona end up cutting short his loan spell at Wolves.