Barcelona are in talks with Wolves over a move for Adama Traore and they have offered a loan move with a GBP 29 million option to make the deal permanent in the future. Meanwhile Premier League club Tottenham are also interested in the Spanish forward but as per the reports coming in, Traore is unconvinced by Spurs’ offer. Traore started his career with the Spanish giants before moving to England. Although the 26-year old’s stats haven’t been very great, he is a highly sought-after attacking option in the transfer market.
Wolverhampton ask for buy option clause included for Adama Traoré. Barcelona will cover full salary until the end of the season. All parties involved now working to complete the deal. 🇪🇸 #FCB
Tottenham had no fresh contacts with Adama agents today, after deal in stand-by. #THFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 27, 2022
Sky Sports News reported earlier this week that Spurs were closing in on a GBP 20 million deal for the Spanish forward after their previous bid of GBP 15 million was rejected, but Barcelona now are the front runners in the race to sign him.
Traore started on the bench for Saturday’s 2-1 win against Brentford but came on for the final 15 minutes and saw a goal ruled out by VAR for offside. He has been in the radar of Spurs for a long time now, that interest has remained despite the change of boss from ex-Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo to Antonio Conte.
Traore is out of contract in June 2023 and a new deal has been on table for 15 months, with his current club keen to keep hold of him. Meanwhile, because of Ansu Fati’s injury and Ousmane Dembele’s uncertain future, Barcelona’s interest in Traore has intensified.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Traore and his agent Jorge Mendes have pivoted to Barcelona. The Catalan club’s name was also linked with Juventus forward Alvaro Morata, but as per the reports coming in, Traore is seen as a more viable option.
The cash-strapped La Liga side are desperate for a forward, with the new coach Xavi looking to bolster his attacking line-up. Although Traore has scored only one goal in 10 league appearances this season, his pace and ability to take on defenders is second to none.
The 26-year-old is one of the quickest footballers in the world and with a bit of finishing touch to his game he has the potential to become a world class winger. With less than a week left for the January transfer window to shut down, Barcelona will need to accelerate the move for Traore.