Nuno Espirito Santo urges Wolves fans trust him over transfer policy as Nelson Semedo bid accepted

Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty have both departed since the end of last season, but manager says his squad will be strongerr

Nuno Espirito Santo urges Wolves fans trust him over transfer window policy
“We know what the squad needs and we want to finish our squad as soon as possible" Credit: Getty Images

Wolves are close to signing Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo in a £29 million deal, as Nuno Espirito Santo moves to strengthen his squad.

Semedo is expected to put the finishing touches to his move to Wolves later this week after Wolves had a bid for the 26-year-old accepted.

Nuno has prioritised a right wing-back following the £15m sale of Matt Doherty to Tottenham and Wolves have moved swiftly to use the funds generated by Diogo Jota's £45m move to champions Liverpool by pouncing for Semedo.

A Portugal international, Semedo is set to fly into England after Wolves's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on Monday night.

Ahead of the game against Pep Guardiola's side, Nuno has urged Wolves supporters to “trust” in his transfer window strategy, insisting his squad will be stronger despite two player sales.

Jota and Doherty have both left Wolves this summer, after scoring 23 goals between them in all competitions last season, in the first real setback of Nuno’s reign.

Nuno has signed Ki-Jana Hoever, the 18 year old defender, from Liverpool and Semedo will be the next new arrival.

The decision to sell Jota to Liverpool was a calculated decision by Nuno as he moves to modify the style of play ahead of their third season in the Premier League.

And the Wolves head coach has urged his players to seize their chance by ensuring the departure of Jota does not affect the club’s upward trajectory.

Diogo Jota is now a Liverpool player after his big-money move Credit: Getty Images

“With or without Diogo we must be stronger because the new challenge ahead of us is more difficult than before so this is why we must build a squad stronger than before,” said the Portuguese.

“We have to keep going, trusting we have good options inside our squad and we will be OK.

“We have to find what Matt and Diogo did for us somewhere else in the team. I’m confident that we can do that because there were roles and players must step up and try to achieve the same goals. It will be hard but we are confident about it. 

“We are still working, this [the Jota sale] is a wake-up call and we have to be ready to operate as long as the transfer window is open.

“We know what the squad needs and we want to finish our squad as soon as possible.”

Nuno faces City in Wolves’s first home game of the season on Monday, having completed the league double over Guardiola in the last campaign.

Wolves won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium and then secured a dramatic 3-2 win on Boxing Day in the rematch. The absence of supporters at Molineux could prove significant for the home team.

Nuno said: “Games are never the same – new things will happen. You only have to look at the way Manchester City play and their talent, their speed on the ball – all these things we have to look at and pay attention to.

“But at the same time, we’re looking to build on our idea and play our game and do things well. It’s a new game and a new challenge ahead of us.”

Probable team: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Adama, Moutinho, Neves, Marcal; Neto, Jimenez, Podence.