Man Utd and Liverpool transfer warning fired by Wolves boss over Jimenez and Traore deals


Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists he will not be forced into selling his star players if his side fail to qualify for the Champions League. Manchester United and Liverpool have been strongly linked with their key men.

Wolves have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this season and they have a realistic chance of finishing in a Champions League spot.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez has been in terrific form netting 23 goals across all competitions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keeping tabs on the 29-year-old and is said to be considering a summer move.

Meanwhile, newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool are considering a bid for rapid winger Adama Traore.

Only Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold have registered more assists in the English top-flight this year.

There are fears around Molineux that the pair could leave should Wolves fail to finish in the top four (or top five should Manchester City’s European ban be upheld).

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Nuno’s side are on level points with fifth-placed United but Nuno insists there will be no pressure to sell should they fail to qualify for Europe’s top competition.

“I don’t think that’s the reason they are here,” Nuno said. “The reason is they enjoy working together so we don’t have to achieve anything to retain them. At no point am I thinking about it.

“We don’t think about that (the top four). There’s no race for anything, the race is to compete, improve and make good games. This is the challenge for every team in this moment.

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“I’m very proud of the work we have been doing. We have begun to build something, we did the right things and we are still in a building process.

“We have achieved important and remarkable things but still have a long way to go, there is still a lot of room to improve.

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“When we started we didn’t know what was in front of us but we know we had a fantastic club to take care of and try to become as huge as it was in its past history.”

Jimenez released a statement during the coronavirus break in which he committed his future to Wolves.

“I have a contract until 2023,” he said. “It’s not that we have to qualify for the Champions League in order to stay. I’m good [here], happy with Wolves, doing important things – me as well as the whole team.

“We’ve been trying our best since the start of last season. We’ve qualified for the Europa League, now we’re fighting for a Champions League spot.

“And it’s the big motivation to keep growing as a player and getting into the Champions League is always a plus that satisfies you and keeps you thinking about big things.”

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