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Traore reportedly taking salary cut to join Barcelona

Adama Traore is bound for Barcelona, on a loan deal from Wolves with an option to buy.

But the Nou Camp’s club’s financial issues have been well-documented and they have unsurprisingly had an impact on this deal.

That can be seen by the initial loan, with the hope being that Barca are in a better position to buy Traore and net Wolves a windfall come the summer.

But it has also influenced his wages, according to journalist Duncan Castles, speaking on the Transfer Window podcast.

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“Adama Traore was expecting Barcelona to come in for him during this window and it was always his preference to go there,” said Castles.

“He has demonstrated that by taking a huge pay cut to go to Barcelona. I’m told he will effectively be playing for nothing for the remainder of the season in order to allow him to be added to their squad with the promise they will turn the deal permanent in the summer.

“He will have his salary made up to an acceptable level at that point. Adama had Xavi coming to him saying you can play as a winger and return to the club he grew up with.”

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Of course what ‘nothing’ means within the context of elite football is probably fairly different to what the everyday person would understand it to mean.

Some Wolves fans had their say on the report on Twitter. Some have wondered how much exactly he is being paid and others are thinking he will hardly be going hard up.

Here is how the news went down while we await official confirmation of the return of Traore to the club where he came through the ranks.