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Scott Sellars' comments on Adama Traore look ridiculous if latest reports are to be believed

Many, many Wolves fans saw this situation coming.

Yesterday, a report from SPORT dropped regarding the state of play with Adama Traore.

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They claim that Barcelona will not be moving to sign the winger permanently this summer.

There had been suggestions leading up to this that Barca would not do the deal. Their president Joan Laporta cast doubt on it pretty early on, and then talked up a potential swap deal involving Francisco Trincao.

SPORT’s report states that Wolves don’t have any interest in signing Trincao permanently. So that would rule out a potential swap deal.

So it appears Traore will be heading back to Molineux in the summer, having spent most of his time sitting on the bench at the Nou Camp and losing value.

He started really well, but the 26-year-old hasn’t started a game in La Liga since the end of February.

The renaissance of Ousmane Dembele has definitely not helped his cause.

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Wolves now face the prospect of selling Traore to another club for a fee much lower than his true market value, and recruitment officials have been coming in for a lot of stick on social media since SPORT’s report started doing the rounds.

It is difficult not to think back to what technical director Scott Sellars back in March.

He said (via Express & Star): “Adama didn’t want to sign a contract at Wolves, so it was the right deal for all parties. A good deal is a deal that is good for the club, good for the player and his agent and for the club he is going to.

“There’s no obligation but there’s an option to buy. If Barcelona can struggle financially then that situation is across football at the moment. Not a lot of people have a lot of money at the moment, so that type of deal is happening a lot more.

“We felt it was a great opportunity for Adama to play for Barcelona and be successful and promote himself.”

Wolves have made a mess of the Adama Traore situation, and Scott Sellars comments look ridiculous now

It was, surely, never ‘the right deal for all parties’.

There was always a risk that Barcelona would not trigger their option-to-buy clause on Traore.

Maybe Wolves officials knew that, but still decided to sanction the loan move in the hope he’d feature heavily and be a success.

If that was the plan, then that was surely far too risky a move, given the amount of forward players Barca have.

Maybe Traore agitated to make the move, and applied pressure to make it happen. We know he has rejected a contract offer from Wolves.

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But surely Wolves had to think about the possibility of him flopping and losing value.

Really, Wolves should have secured an obligation-to-buy.

Maybe Barcelona wouldn’t have done the deal if that was the demand from Wolves.

But at least then maybe Wanderers would have kept hold of the player and actually played him, unlike Barca right now.

Who knows what a difference he might have made to the second half of Wolves’ season.