22-year-old winger pushing to leave Barcelona, Xavi wants him to stay

The future of a certain Francisco Trincao is under extreme scrutiny. On one hand, although Xavi is willing to give the young winger a chance, the 22-year-old is now prioritizing a move back to his native Portugal with Sporting Lisbon being the most likely destination.

It’s no secret that Sporting are chasing Trincao for a reported loan move that would include a non-mandatory purchase option. Spanish news outlet SPORT believes the man behind the move is their current manager Ruben Amorim who rates Trincao very high.

All this because it was under Amorim himself that Trincao made the best of his senior team call-up. During the 2019-20 season, Trincao scored nine goals across all competitions and this is exactly when Barcelona came knocking on his doors.

As of today, Barcelona have no problem in sanctioning a permanent sale, but Xavi seems to have some other ideas. As reported by SPORT, the manager wants to give Trincao a shot by adding him to the pre-season tour.

If everything goes well, Barça will consider keeping the 22-year-old for next season. However, since the player is aware of the competition in his position, he wants to return to Portugal in search of more minutes.

It’s important to understand Barcelona’s position in all this. A few months ago, the team wanted to use Trincao as a makeweight to continue with Adama Traore beyond the recently concluded season.

The plan, however, hasn’t worked out well for everyone involved as neither has Traore managed to convince Barça nor has Trincao done enough for Wolves to push for a permanent move. 

Now, Wolves do have an option to make Trincao’s deal permanent for about €30 million, but the Premier League side has no interest in spending this much capital.

And so, the immediate plan for the player is to return to Portugal where he can play a leading role which is very much unlikely at Barcelona.

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