Wolverhampton Wanderers’ star Fabio Silva has been struggling to find playing time, despite being linked with a potential summer departure. Transfer insider Dean Jones has suggested that Wolves’ manager, Gary O’Neil, may consider selling Silva in the future.
Silva made headlines when he became Wolves’ record signing with a £35 million move from Porto three years ago. However, he has failed to make a significant impact during his time in the West Midlands. Wolves had the opportunity to offload several players during the summer transfer window, but they chose to retain Silva.
Teams like Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, and Villarreal were interested in signing Silva, but the deals did not materialize. O’Neil, who took over as the head coach of Wolves, wanted to keep the Portugal under-21 international, hoping to revive his career at Molineux. However, Silva’s playing time has been limited, with Matheus Cunha becoming the top choice in the striker position.
Silva’s lack of involvement comes after a successful loan spell with PSV Eindhoven, where he contributed significantly to qualifying for the Champions League. He scored five goals and provided two assists in 19 appearances. PSV was eager to bring Silva back in the summer, and other teams in Italy and Turkey also showed interest, but O’Neil refused to let him go.
Despite his prior successes, some believe that Silva should prioritize a January move away from Wolves, as he has not lived up to the hefty fee the club paid for him. Dean Jones, a respected journalist, acknowledges that Silva is still young at 21 and has room to develop. However, if there is no improvement in his performance during the current season, Jones suggests that Wolves may need to consider selling him next summer.
In other news, Wolves are reportedly scouting Fluminense winger Jhon Arias, with several other clubs interested in his services. Arias has been impressive, with 22 goal contributions this season. While a move to the Premier League is enticing for him, Fluminense holds a strong negotiating position due to his nearly three-year contract with the club.