I don’t like to comment on newspaper gossip, but the Juan Quintero rumour has legs when you assess it at face value.
The 25 year-old playmaker could be set to break our hearts for Columbia tomorrow and has already caught the eye (see this article from The Guardian) with his performances in Russia.
As with any player linked with Wolves these days, you don’t need much more than Wikipedia to make a semi-educated assessment of the deal’s potential validity.
Firstly, Quintero’s parent club is Porto where there’s an obvious connection through Jorge Mendes and an established history. Neves and Boly made the same journey last summer of course.
And like those two players, Quintero has struggled to make himself a regular with several seasons out on loan in France, Argentina and Columbia, meaning there’s likely a deal to be done.
He’s a journeyman of sorts who has yet to find a more permanent home, which could be said of Costa, Cavaleiro and several others who moved around before arriving at Compton.
Unlike Neves, Jota, Patricio and a few of the others he isn’t a Gestifute player, but as we’ve seen already, that doesn’t seem to be an issue with well connected contacts at all of Portugal’s premier clubs.
As an attacking midfielder who operates best centrally, he’d be an interesting addition in the respect there’s no obvious role in Nuno’s preferred 343 setup.
But midfield is certainly an area where more bodies need to be added after Alfred N’Diaye was allowed to leave meaning Saiss and Neves are the only established senior pros in this part of the pitch.
With all this said, you could equally use all of the above information to concoct a connection where this isn’t one, which newspapers almost certainly do on a regular basis.
I’m also fairly certain that Wolves have been used on several occasions to flush out moves for players elsewhere e.g. the much talked about Anderson Talisca.
It’s smoke and mirrors for sure, but on the basis of the business Wolves have done in recent times, this, at the very least, makes sense.