Wolves are reportedly willing to sell Adama Traore for a cut-price £30m this summer after the winger’s dramatic loss of form.
The former Middlesbrough man enjoyed a stellar season last time out with six goals and 12 assists from 54 appearances. That led to reported interest from some of Europe’s big guns, including Barcelona, Liverpool and Man City.
A price tag of £70m was mentioned for the speedy attacker.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has even spoken about the speedy winger publicly on more than one occasion.
“He is really dangerous. In a big space Jamie Vardy is difficult to defend. But I would say Traore is even more difficult to defend because his speed is exceptional, ” Klopp said last season.
After Liverpool won 2-1 at Molineux later in that campaign Klopp was again full of praise.
He noted: “And Traore now, at the moment I would say he is, pretty much, unplayable. I’ve said it now a couple of times and it is still true.”
However, the 25-year-old’s form has taken a hit this season and he has just one goal and one assist in 31 games.
And now, according to Football Insider a fee of around £30m will be enough to persuade Wolves to sell this summer.
Traore’s stock has fallen significantly and so have Wolves. In fact they have already lost more games this season (11) than they did in the whole of the last campaign (nine).
No Leeds interest
Traore was apparently close to agreeing a new Wolves contract last October, but negotiations stalled and are now off the table, per the report.
Nuno Espirito Santo told the Birmingham Mail in November: “Adama is a huge player for us. The impact that he has on the games, what he gives to the team, what he’s done over these two seasons. We want all the players to be happy here.”
The Spanish forward is though under contract until 2023 and Nuno will listen to offers for the player in the next transfer window.
Leeds were also mentioned as suitors for the player in January. Sport claimed the Whites were among interested parties for the wide man.
Eurosport have also claimed an offer would be tabled by Marcelo Bielsa’s men this summer.
However, Leeds Live poured scorn on the talk in January . In fact, they say the idea of Traore moving to Elland Road was “pure fantasy”. And now Football Insider report Bielsa has no interest in the winger, even at the knockdown price.
“Bielsa does not believe Traore has the technical quality and ability to combine the play that he seeks in his wide attacker,” report the outlet.