With just one week remaining in the January transfer window, we are now very close to a conclusion to the Adama Traore saga.
The winger hasn’t signed a new deal despite having been in talks with the club for months.
There has been heavy speculation that Wolves will cash in on the player this window to avoid a scenario whereby his value plummets. It has already dropped quite significantly compared to this time last year.
Tottenham Hotspur are seemingly in the driving seat to sign Traore.
Sky Sports have reported this morning that Spurs are ‘closing in’ on a £20 million deal.
Traore departed the Nou Camp back in 2015 to join Aston Villa.
One wonders at this point if Wolves would actually be better off selling Traore to the Spanish heavyweights rather than Spurs.
At the moment, Wolves are doing really well in the Premier League.
The club sit eighth in the table, and are just four points off the top four.
While it will be a very difficult task, European football might just be a possibility come the end of the 2021/22 season.
Seventh-placed Spurs are just two points above Wolves.
It surely has to have crossed the Wolves recruitment officials’ minds that letting Traore join Tottenham could ultimately harm Wanderers’ own chances of securing European football.
Wolves should seek to do business with Barcelona, if they have to do business with anyone
If it has been decided that Traore must be sold, then Wolves should be looking to try and get him to Barcelona instead of Tottenham.
There is a potential here that he could do really well for Spurs if he joined them.
Antonio Conte is an elite manager. And his previous work with Victor Moses at Chelsea may suggest Traore could thrive under him. There have been reports (BBC Sport) the Italian would want to convert Traore into a wing-back as he did Moses.
Spurs pipped Wolves to European football at the end of the 2019/20 season.
It’s possible it could happen again if Wolves sell Traore to them.
Barcelona’s financial troubles have been well documented. But they were able to recently sign Ferran Torres. If there is a chance of doing business with the Catalans over Traore, Wolves should definitely look into it.