Several interesting stories this week surrounding the futures of important figures in Portuguese football, as speculation ahead of the summer transfer window gathers pace.

André Silva continues to see his name linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, while Francisco Trincão is again reportedly a target for long-standing admirers Leicester City and others in England, and William Carvalho looks set to finally leave financially troubled Real Betis.

Former Porto striker Silva is having the best season of his career in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt, where he has already scored 21 Bundesliga goals. The tally exceeds his best-ever league total of 16, reached with FC Porto, and inevitably his name has been associated with bigger clubs for a summer move.

Atletico Madrid are believed to be keen to sign Silva, while Manchester United have also been credited with an interest. This week, Barcelona have emerged as the latest potential suitors, with Los Cules entering the race for the striker according to German paper Bild. Frankfurt have reportedly put a price tag in excess of €40m on the Seleção man, meaning Barca may have to sell in order to raise funds.

Trincão to England?

Such a scenario could pave the way for Francisco Trincão to leave Camp Nou this summer, and according to a story in El Confidencial the club’s feeling at present is that the former Braga man does not fit into their plans as they assess major changes this summer. Coach Ronald Koeman has implemented a system with less emphasis on natural wide players, reducing Trincão’s chances of playing time.

According to El Confidencial, big earners Antoine Griezmann and Phillipe Coutinho will be made available, while the club will look to take advantage of interest in Trincão in England to facilitate his sale. Jorge Mendes’ strong ties with Premier League clubs is seen as a useful aspect in making the player’s departure a realistic option.   

Leicester City are long-term admirers if Trincão, having tried to sign the 21-year-old numerous times already in his young career. Catalan reports last summer indicated that The Foxes tried no less than three times to instigate negotiations to bring the Portuguese to England before he had even kicked a ball for Barcelona, and should Brendan Rodgers’ team secure Champions League football it is expected they would head the queue this summer.

Carvalho set for Betis exit

Finally, William Carvalho’s stint with Real Betis looks almost certain to come to an end during the close-season. Carvalho has been with the Andalusian club for three years, during which time injury issues have often hampered the Portugal midfielder, who has started ten games in La Liga this season after making 11 full appearances last term.

Betis have been severely affected by the absence of crowds in Spain and have reportedly incurred immediate debts of around €20m. Carvalho, who still has two years left on his contract, is an obvious asset to raise funds, with England naturally the ideal destination from Betis’ point of view, although it remains to be seen if interest in the 28-year-old from the Premier League is as high as it once was.

Would you like to see André Silva take another shot at the big time next season, or would he be better off staying with Frankfurt? Should Trincão try the Premier League? And where would you like to see William Carvalho end up? Comment below!

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Please Andre, stay at Frankfurt. He's definitely matured and has found his groove, but let's not jump the gun. Silva is not an exceptional player. He's a pure poacher, and Kostic knows exactly how to put the ball on Silva's head and feet. Next...

Please Andre, stay at Frankfurt. He's definitely matured and has found his groove, but let's not jump the gun. Silva is not an exceptional player. He's a pure poacher, and Kostic knows exactly how to put the ball on Silva's head and feet. Next season would be too quick of a move, and if Frankfurt make a Champions League run, I'm sure he'll be enticed to stay.

Trincao has the talent and just needs playing time. Another season at Braga wouldn't have hurt him. The move to Barca was a little rash - maybe loan him out to a mid-table La Liga team.

William is a proven footballer. He was pivotal in Portugal's recent international success, and is a shame to see him injured so often. I always referred to him as the "insurance policy of the Selecao". I hope he finds fitness and a club that he'll get regular playing time on.

Speaking of rumours: Felix leaving Atleti? It pains me to see a player of his caliber be wasted, and having him play Cholo's BS tactics.

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I agree with Teresa - I think Andre Silva should stay at Frankfurt, especially if they manage to secure Champions League football. If Andre has his heart set on bigger heights with a European giant, he should most definitely NOT go to Barcelona...

I agree with Teresa - I think Andre Silva should stay at Frankfurt, especially if they manage to secure Champions League football. If Andre has his heart set on bigger heights with a European giant, he should most definitely NOT go to Barcelona where Portuguese players go to get screwed over. His style might fit Atletico on paper but I thought the same thing about Joao Felix given that he's very much a "Griezman-type" player, so, in truth, I don't want any Portuguese players there either. If I had to pick a destination for both it'd be Manchester: City for Felix (if they don't get Messi or Haaland) and United for Silva.

In terms of Trincao, yeah Leicester could work. Basically, dude just needs to play regularly in a top league. The Foxes fit the bill and I think Brendan Rodgers would improve him as a player.

Lastly, I think William would do spectacularly well in Italy: slower paced league that places an emphasis on tactics and intelligence... That fits him to a tee. Not sure how much Betis would ask for him, but, Juventus could really use a player like him. Their defenders have been forced to cover for midfield mistakes all season; William wouldn't make those mistakes. And if Andrea Pirlo's still managing, the acquisition of William would give him a player intelligent and disciplined enough to play the deep-lying playmaking role for Juve that he did a few years ago.

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Portuguese players do not thrive in Spain, one obvious Madeiran exception in recent memory. Sometimes it feels like they buy promising Portuguese players and bench them just to spite their little next door neighbours!

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Domingos Duarte, Deco, Figo, Simao, Paulo Futre, Rui Silva, Pepe, Tiago Mendes, Maniche, Jorge Andrade, Pepe, are but a few examples of players who have flourished and had good to excellent careers in Spain.

I don't buy that Portuguese players...

Domingos Duarte, Deco, Figo, Simao, Paulo Futre, Rui Silva, Pepe, Tiago Mendes, Maniche, Jorge Andrade, Pepe, are but a few examples of players who have flourished and had good to excellent careers in Spain.

I don't buy that Portuguese players don't do well there. What I do buy, is that some clubs sell their promising youngsters far too soon and they get tossed into deep waters right away.

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I agree with you (and, don’t forget Ricardo Carvalho).
I think it has more to do with the big Spanish teams than the Portuguese players. Young players on the big Spanish teams (really just Barca and Real) give young players a very short window...

I agree with you (and, don’t forget Ricardo Carvalho).
I think it has more to do with the big Spanish teams than the Portuguese players. Young players on the big Spanish teams (really just Barca and Real) give young players a very short window to succeed.

Quick recent examples (off the top of my head).
Real is ready to give up on Vinicius, Rodrygo and Luka Modric. Also Odegaard.

Cant think of a Barca player off the top of my head. Andre Gomes maybe. Traore (though, that was probably justified)

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I agree with George on William C, Italy would be a great place to do. Problem with Juve is they dont play a traditional DM role, more a CM/DM deep lying playmaker which is normal in Italy (Pirlo). Also works in Williams favour as he excels at...

I agree with George on William C, Italy would be a great place to do. Problem with Juve is they dont play a traditional DM role, more a CM/DM deep lying playmaker which is normal in Italy (Pirlo). Also works in Williams favour as he excels at ball movement. Ive seen Ramsey and Rabiot play this hybrid position all to little effect. Juve needs a true DM who can move the ball and William is it. Not just Juve, he could go to Lazio, Napoli, Roma, all need this type of player. Now if Juve can address their obvious "Morata" problem that would help as well, he has to be the worst striker on a huge club in recent memory.

I watch him with Betis and its not our William, its almost like he is playing with a control collar, not allowed to attack past a certain point due to the all out attack play of Betis which leaves the back line vulnerable. Oddly enough, Atletico might work but they already have Kondogbia. But then again Simeone keeps playing Angel Correa instead of Felix for NO reason than to watch Correa kick the ball into the stands at every goal scoring opportunity and then have to listen to Simeone "reasons" as to why Felix doesnt play and the same rule doesnt apply to Morata 2.0 Correa.

Trincao is good, man is he good but he wont play at Barca. Loan the kid out to a side that needs offense (cough-Wolves-cough) and see what happens. You know what, F - IT, Andre Silva, Trincao and William C all to Wolves!!! Get this done!!

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Could they afford them?

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I would love for all of those to go to Wolves. William I believe is realistic (Although, Wolves really need an offensive midfielder more than another holding/defensive midfielder).
Trincao would be a long shot if they can do a loan.
Andre Silva...

I would love for all of those to go to Wolves. William I believe is realistic (Although, Wolves really need an offensive midfielder more than another holding/defensive midfielder).
Trincao would be a long shot if they can do a loan.
Andre Silva would be a perfect fit s a poacher. But, the money will be too big.

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I was just hoping guys lol!

No, I dont think they can afford all 3 but maybe 1? Andre Silva to replace Jimenez works BUT going from Frankfurt (champions league, German cup + league race) to Wolves is a step back. No offense to Wolves fans.

Willi...

I was just hoping guys lol!

No, I dont think they can afford all 3 but maybe 1? Andre Silva to replace Jimenez works BUT going from Frankfurt (champions league, German cup + league race) to Wolves is a step back. No offense to Wolves fans.

William is STILL do undervalued, my God, i will never understand they lack of respect he receives. He is a fantastic futeballer. Oh well.

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