On August 31st, Wolverhampton Wanderers completed the signing of Santiago Bueno from Girona and secured him with a five-year deal.
Girona sporting director Quique Cárcel has renewed his own contract until 2027 and spoke to the media on Thursday. His comments are relayed by L’Esportiu de Catalunya, and he also explained how Bueno’s move to Wolves took shape.
According to the director, the La Liga side weren’t expecting to part ways with the defender in the last window. That’s partly because of a hamstring injury he suffered towards the end of last season, which forced him to spend three months on the sidelines.
When going over the exits that took place in the last window, Cárcel explained why his side decided to sell the 24-year-old to Wolves.
“It has been a market that we knew would be complicated, because there would be important players who could not continue,” he said.
“With Oriol Romeu we lost a player who made his teammates better and in the end there was the case of Santi Bueno, who we didn’t think would make it due to injury.
“However, the final offer from Wolverhampton was a big offer for a player who had arrived on a free and we understood that this was the time to do it, with the luck of being able to bring in Eric Garcia at the last minute.”
The Wolves summer signing was on the bench for Uruguay’s World Cup qualifiers against both Chile and Ecuador. He could be in contention to make his Wolves debut when they host Liverpool at Molineux on Saturday.
Football returns following the international break on Saturday lunchtime as Wolves host Liverpool in front of the TNT Sports cameras at Molineux, and wolves.co.uk previews the contest.
#1 Inside both camps
With the transfer window having closed just before the last round of Premier League fixtures, only Enzo Gonzalez was included in the Wolves squad for the loss to Crystal Palace last time out, with the Paraguayan winger not featuring in the contest as he remained on the bench. But with only new centre back Santi Bueno being the only new signing away on international duty during the 10 days and having had two weeks to work his players who were back at Compton, it will be interesting to see how Gary O’Neil lines his side up for the visit to Liverpool. Will the additions of Gonzalez, Tommy Doyle and Jean-Ricner Bellegarde be entrusted from the off against the Reds or will O’Neil stick to a similar side which took on the Eagles?
Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch arrived at Liverpool from the Bundesliga on deadline day so is yet to appear in a red shirt, so could be another option for Jurgen Klopp to add to his already reinforced central positions following the signings of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo. With Virgil van Dijk seeing his one-game ban extended to a second, meaning he will miss Saturday’s fixture, one of the biggest question marks over Klopp’s selection will be around Trent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool’s right-back spot. However, the full-back is expected to pass a late fitness test following a hamstring injury sustained against Aston Villa. If he was to miss out, Joe Gomez could be moved across from centre-back, but that would also rely on Ibrahima Konate being back fit after being missing from the squad last time out.
#2 Coming into it
Wolves will be looking at bouncing back following their first defeat in three when O’Neil’s side fell to Crystal Palace ahead of the international break. The hosts were more clinical than the Old Gold, despite Wolves having more possession and chances in front of the Palace goal. The head coach will hope his players can find the scoring form which saw the players put in five against Blackpool last time out at Molineux which secured a spot in the Carabao Cup third round.
Wolves’ last three | L 2-3 Crystal Palace (A) – W 5-0 Blackpool (H) – W 1-0 Everton (A)
Liverpool have had an almost perfect start to their 2023/24 season, wining all of their last three outings, while scoring eight goals in the process, but it was the opening day draw with Chelsea which is the only blot on the Reds’ copybook. However, Klopp’s side have also been racking up the red cards, and although Mac Allister’s sending off against Bournemouth was overturned on an appeal, van Dijk’s 28th minute dismissal in the win over Newcastle was increased to a two-game ban.
#3 Since last time
Wolves 3 Liverpool 0 | 4th February 2023
Wolves’ last meeting with Liverpool at Molineux was one of the Old Gold’s most impressive performances of the 2022/23 season. At a boisterous golden palace, Wolves were ruthless from the first five minutes, setting the tone for the rest of the afternoon, as Hee Chan Hwang’s shot was deflected into his own net by Joel Matip to open the scoring. Craig Dawson netted just 12 minutes into his Wolves debut to make it 2-0, before a brilliant Ruben Neves finish wrapped up the three points and lifted the lid off the South Bank.
Wolves’ XI | Sa, Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Ait-Nouri, Neves, Lemina, Nunes, Sarabia, Hwang, Cunha.
Only Neves and Matheus Nunes are no longer at the club from those who started for Wolves against Liverpool during the dominant win in February, while against Aston Villa two weekends ago, Klopp opted for the same back five which conceded three against the Old Gold. Cody Gakpo was the only part of the front three that missed out, but the Reds’ midfield has been completely revamped this summer with new arrivals Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai starting alongside Curtis Jones, who was on the bench for the Reds last time at Molineux.