Liverpool are reportedly giving strong consideration to the signing of Adama Traore this month amid claims of a dramatic price cut on the Wolves winger’s head.
Traore, 25, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the past couple of seasons. Tottenham were also thought to be keen last summer while Barcelona have been mentioned in connection with the player. However it is the Reds link that will not go away as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options.
However, Wolves’ valuation of Traore has always been a sticking point. Indeed, at his peak, the Black and Gold were reportedly seeking a fee of around £50m for the Spain flyer.
Since then though, his form and consistency has been on the decline. Indeed, in 17 Premier League appearances this season, he is yet to score or assist for Bruno Lage’s side.
Last season also yielded just two goals and two assists from 37 appearances.
And with his contract due to expire in summer 2023, Wolves are seemingly willing to let him leave now.
As such, Football Insider reports that Traore is up for sale for just £18m – a drop of some £32m from his peak.
Now the Daily Mirror claims that the valuation has piqued Klopp’s interest once again.
With the Reds set to lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for AFCON, their attacking resources look set to be stretched.
However, the addition of Traore will ease the burden on Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in the Liverpool attack.
The Spain international has been with Wolves since 2018 when the West Midlanders paid Middlesbrough £18m for his services. However, his departure this month will see him depart for the exact fee they paid for his services.
Klopp has spoken of his admiration for Traore in the past, saying: [Traore] is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good.”
Players and pundit all talk up Adama Traore abilities
And Traore also has an admirer in Jordan Henderson, who also admits a disliking of playing against him.
“[Traore] is very tough, strong, powerful, quick, he’s difficult to play against.”
Former Tottenham star Darren Bent feels he is still a top player and would show his true class under Klopp.
“In that team he could be unstoppable,” he told talkSPORT. “His problem is consistency but in that Liverpool team, where they play with a high press and energy, it could be different.”
And former Arsenal and England ace Jack Wilshere agreed, adding: “He’d be unreal.”