Its a sign – Wolves and Manchester United linked with striker ahead of Man City clash – Birmingham Live

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Striker link

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva says transfer speculation linking him Wolves and Manchester United proves his career is on the right track, writes Leigh Curtis.

The Portuguese joined Frankfurt from AC Milan last summer having been on a season-long loan with the Bundesliga side.

Silva was a huge hit last term as he scored 12 goals and registered four assists in 25 league games, but has already found the net 19 times this season in 21 outings since making the switch permanent.

Wolves, managed by Nuno Espirito Santo, and United are now said to be tracking the forward and speaking to O Jogo, he said it was proof that he must be doing something right.

“I’ve heard rumours, but that is it,” he said.

“Rumours are rumours. At the end of this season, it’s something that gives me more motivation to work – it’s a sign that what I have accomplished has borne fruit, and the path has been good.”

Silva is said to be worth around 30 million Euros, but the forward joked that was a bargain.

Selection reflection

If the term ‘free hit’ is still a thing, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ trip to Manchester City isn’t far off being just that, writes Alex Dicken.

Wolves are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games, with a point at Newcastle United on Saturday nudging them to 34.

With relegation no longer a serious threat and the top seven most probably beyond this Wolves side, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team can play without fear in their final 12 matches.

But fear is the most appropriate word for opponents when it comes to Man City at present. Pep Guardiola’s side have dismantled their last 20 opponents in all competitions to embark upon a remarkable winning streak.

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City have won their last 14 Premier League games and are 12 points clear at the top of the table. Their success has been thanks in no small part to a stunning defensive performance, aided by the summer arrival of imperious Portuguese centre-back Ruben Dias.

But Wolves have upset City before, so could they do it again?

This game is sandwiched in the middle of another busy week for Wolves with Aston Villa up next on Saturday. With that in mind, it wouldn’t come as a great shock to see Nuno shuffle his pack – but wholesale changes are unlikely due to the lack of options available to the head coach at present.

Nuno has told us to assume that Willy Boly, Marcal, Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez are still out. “But you cannot be sure,” he added. Boly, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, was pictured on the training pitches last week.

Worst feeling

Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo has opened up on his start to life at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 27-year-old joined Wolves from Barcelona for £27.5million in September, though the transfer could eventually rise to £37million depending on add-ons.

After making his debut in the 4-0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium, Semedo has gradually improved and has played 28 games in his first season in England.

“What makes the Premier League so special is that any team who is in the last position can beat first place,” Semedo said during an interview with The Telegraph.

“You have players who don’t play for bigger teams at the ‘Big Six’ who stand out. [Harvey] Barnes at Leicester is a very good player. I really like Jack Grealish. I also really like [Nathan] Redmond at Southampton.

“This is why in every game you have to play until the last minute or you get a surprise.”

Semedo was signed to play as a wing-back and Wolves’ recent return to a five-man defence has allowed the defender to thrive in that role.

He is now beginning to have a greater impact going forward in games and almost opened his goalscoring account with three first half efforts against Leeds United recently.

Team news

Nuno Espirito Santo will be without some key players for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ match at Manchester City on Tuesday.

Wolves travel to The Etihad to face the Premier League leaders looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Nuno’s team secured a point against Newcastle United on Saturday night after Ruben Neves cancelled out Jamaal Lascelles’ opener at St James’ Park.

They did so without the quartet of Willy Boly, Marcal, Daniel Podence and Raul Jimenez, who have all been out of action in recent weeks.

Boly and Podence are believed to be closest to returning, but Nuno has suggested that they won’t return for the game with City.

Giving his latest injury update, Nuno said: “(We have the) same problems that we had. Some players are getting better, but basically the same.”

He did, however, add: “You can assume (they won’t be involved), but you cannot be sure!”

Slipping away

Adama Traore is one of the most exciting players in the Premier League when he is in full flight but mystery has surrounded his use of baby oil on his arms.

But now Wolves boss Nuno has finally explained why the winger is proving to be a slippery customer when defenders try to catch him.

He has been pictured several times applying baby oil either before a game or when he comes on from the substitutes’ bench.

But Nuno says the idea came from the club’s medical department following a shoulder injury he once sustained when a defender grabbed his arm.

Ahead of Wolves’ clash against Manchester City, the Wolves boss said: “It was not my idea but it’s a good idea.

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”Definitely, yes (it helps him).

“We felt the difference. It’s hard to stop Adama – and he becomes more slippery.

“I thought honestly it was a fantastic idea by the medical department who suggested that.

“It came from an injury he had on his shoulder which came from an opponent holding his arm. It became an option to avoid it and he kept on doing it.”