Nuno Espirito Santo insists he is ‘totally confident’ new signings will be arriving at Wolves.
Wolves have been linked with a host of names this summer, but as they prepare for tonight’s first game of the season, at home to Northern Irish side Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round, the only arrivals are the loan to permanent deals of Leander Dendoncker and Raul Jimenez for a combined £45m.
Olympiakos defender Pape Abou Cisse is the latest player to be linked with a move to Molineux, with reports suggesting Wolves have jumped ahead of Arsenal for his signature in a £10m deal. Wolves have dealt with the Greek club in recent times after loaning defender Roderick Miranda there last season. Wolves have been in talks for £22m-rated AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone, but the player wants time to decide his next move.
Head coach Nuno wants a centre back, midfielder and striker and is sure he will get his targets over the line before the transfer window shuts at 5pm on August 8. “I’m totally confident. We have time. We have to work, make the right decisions and do it,” said the boss.
“It has to do with all the things that happened in the transfer window. This summer there were too many competitions – the Copa America, the Nations League, African Nations Cup, the Euro Under-21s, World Cup qualifiers – so all these things have delayed situations, but the more important aspect is that we bring in the right player.
“We don’t bring in a player just because we can bring in a player, he has to add something different we don’t have. So that requires time and analysis and good decisions. This is the right way to do it.”
When asked at yesterday’s press conference, Nuno was staying tightlipped on the prospect of Cutrone joining Wolves. “We don’t speak about players not in the squad,” he added. “The work (done to get to this point) doesn’t mean anything. What’s important is the work done indoors, the way we analyse and make decisions to help us. What goes in the press is normal at these moments of the market – every day brings speculation, but we don’t care and we don’t mention anything about it.”
Captain Conor Coady is happy to welcome new signings. “It’s up to the club what they decide to do,” he said. “We are ready to welcome players when they come in.
“I hope we get them up to speed as quickly as possible because when players come in, we want them to help us as much as possible and we want to grow as much as we possibly can to help this club. Whoever the club decides to bring in, it’s fantastic for us so we’re ready to welcome them forward as quickly as possible.