Wolves told to agree deals for 200-cap duo with 'big blow' on horizon

Wolverhampton Wanderers should prioritise handing new contracts to Joao Moutinho and Romain Saiss as seeing both depart Molineux for free would come as a ‘big blow’, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Wolves have seen their push for European football falter thanks to three consecutive defeats to Arsenal, West Ham United and Crystal Palace, but the West Midlands club could look to persuade Moutinho and Saiss to extend their stay beyond the end of the current campaign.

What’s the latest news involving Moutinho and Saiss?

Moutinho, 35, and Saiss’ respective contracts are set to expire at the end of June, leading to serious question marks over where their long-term future lies.

Despite the uncertainty, Wolves head coach Bruno Lage has revealed he is relaxed over the situation and remains in no rush to head to the negotiating table.

Moutinho is the club’s highest-earner, on a deal worth £100,000-per-week, but it appears the 142-cap Portugal international’s time at Molineux is coming to an end.

Jornal de Noticias, via Sport Witness, have claimed a return to his homeland could be on the cards ahead of next season.

Saiss, whose current agreement is worth £22,000-per-week, has featured for Wolves 200 times but the 31-year-old’s precarious contract situation has led to interest from other clubs.

Moroccan media outlet Hespress have revealed Saiss has become a target for La Liga title chasers Sevilla.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about the duo?

O’Rourke believes it would be a travesty to allow Moutinho and Saiss to leave Wolves without the club claiming a penny for their services.

The West Midlanders forked out £5million to sign Moutinho from Monaco in the summer of 2018, while an undisclosed fee saw Saiss head to Molineux from Angers two years earlier.

O’Rourke has urged Lage to reach an agreement with the duo before their respective deals run out.

The journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “I think to lose these two guys on free transfers will be a big blow, so I think it’s vital for Wolves to try and tie them down to new contracts.”

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Whose departure would be a bigger blow for Wolves?

It depends on whether there are any further outgoings from Wolves during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Barcelona – along with Manchester United and Arsenal – are eyeing Ruben Neves ahead of being able to do business from the start of July.

Should Neves depart, fellow central midfielder Moutinho’s exit would be felt even more and leave Lage with a huge void to fill.

By the same token, Max Kilman has been linked with boyhood club Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks.

If he were to secure a big-money move, the inability to agree fresh terms with 58-cap Morocco international Saiss would be even more costly.

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