Chelsea have reportedly joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Wolves star Adama Traore.
The Blues are now in the frame to sign the Spaniard, whose contract has only 18 months left to run at Molineux.
There is currently no indication that Traore will be signing an extension with the club.
As such, Wolves surely have to consider selling the player this month.
It is not ideal, but the club don’t really want his value dropping much more. There has been talk of Wolves accepting somewhere in the region of £20 million for the star (Telegraph).
It has also been claimed that Spurs could sweeten any deal by including a player.
With Chelsea now supposedly keen, here are a few of their players Wolves could perhaps seek to try and include in any Traore deal…
Wolves could do with another midfielder, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek would potentially be a great addition for Wolves.
The star has actually had a quite a few opportunities this season under Thomas Tuchel.
But it is debatable that he gets into their strongest side since the Blues have the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
Loftus-Cheek would bring completely different attributes to Bruno Lage’s current options. He is a fantastic ball-carrier, and uses his power to glide through the lines.
Perhaps Wolves should be looking to get him in there is interest from Stamford Bridge in Traore.
One gets the feeling that it is time for Ross Barkley to leave Chelsea.
The man has made just 12 appearances across all competitions this term, and is way down the pecking order.
Like Traore, he’s got 18 months left on his current contract.
And like Loftus-Cheek, he has those strong physical attributes that the current Wolves midfielders don’t.
Bruno Lage has improved practically every player at Molineux since he arrived. There is a reasonable chance he could do the same with Barkley, who signed for Chelsea for around £15 million in 2018 (BBC Sport).
He was fantastic at Everton, maybe a new lease of life at Wolves would appeal to him.
Lage has been banging the drum about strengthening at centre-back.
Wolves are down to just two at the moment with Romain Saiss now on AFCON duty with Morocco.
Perhaps Wolves could seek to use Chelsea’s interest in Traore and request that Andreas Christensen be thrown in on top of any bid.
The Denmark international is out of contract this summer, so his market value isn’t particularly high.
Christensen has made 20 appearances so far this term, and has personally been a part of eight clean sheets.
The star can play in a back three of a back four, making him a potentially smart addition by Wolves.