The hopes of the Europa League disappointed
Wolverhampton Wanderers will not participate in the Europa League in 2020/21.
Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley yesterday to ensure Wolves’ seventh place in the Premier League does not lead to European football.
Wolves needed Chelsea to beat the Gunners at Wembley to lead them to the Europa League qualifying rounds and they got off to a perfect start with Christian Pulisic putting them in front in six minutes.
But Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned things around, first from the penalty spot before burying the winner in the middle of the second half.
Chelsea fell to 10 behind after key midfielder Matteo Kovacic was sent off for a second bookable offense.
Wolves may not be involved in the Europa League next season, but their Champions League dream is still alive.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team relaunched their 2019/20 Europa League campaign on Thursday with the last 16 return matches against Olympiakos in Molineux.
If they advance against the Greek team, Wolves will travel to Germany to participate in a mini-tournament to decide on the winner of this year’s competition.
Wolves “compete with Liverpool for Sarr”
Wolves are set to compete with Liverpool for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr in the summer transfer window – if winger Adama Traore leaves Molineux.
Sarr, 22, is set to leave Watford after relegation to the Championship – his exit from Vicarage Road would only come after one season at the club, having become the Hornets’ record signing last summer when he arrived from the French side from Rennes.
The Senegalese playmaker has scored six goals in 30 appearances, including a brace in the surprise 3-0 win over champions Liverpool over the holiday season.
Sarr caught Jurgen Klopp’s interest after that, and the Reds had been pressed to move for Sarr in the wake of Watford’s downfall – but now the Daily Mirror says Wolves are viable contenders for the signing of Sarr.
That would be in case Traore were to leave this summer, with the Spaniard generating a lot of interest in a very impressive season in which he successfully teamed up with Wolves top scorer Raul Jimenez.
Liverpool and Manchester City have both been credited with an interest in Traore, who also has suitors abroad.
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Fans love Vertonghen
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with a move from Belgian center-back Jan Vertonghen.
The 33-year-old is a free agent this summer after terminating his contract at Tottenham Hotspur and a number of teams are reportedly interested in signing him.
Reports in Italy suggest Roma, Atletico Madrid and Wolves want to sign Vertonghen ahead of the new season.
The defender has made more than 300 appearances over eight years with Spurs, including 232 in the Premier League.
Wolves have been on the hunt for a new center-back for the past two years, as Nuno Espirito Santo has yet to be able to identify a suitable candidate.
Nuno tends to target young players with room for development on the training ground, but he has been drawn to experience in the past in the form of Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho, both of whom are major players in the configuration at Wolves.
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