Adama Traore reportedly had a huge contract offer on the table from Wolves, according to The Athletic’s Tim Spiers.
The 26-year-old officially left Molineux last week to join Barcelona on loan until the end of the season.
The Catalan giants have the option to buy Traore for £29 million (Sky Sports), which is a deal that hasn’t gone down well with everyone.
Some supporters see it as a huge risk. Honestly, it is difficult to see it as anything but.
Loaning out Traore (without a fee) and only negotiating an option to buy, rather than an obligation, could come back to bite Wolves. The move could easily not work out and Barca may not trigger the clause, leaving Wolves with a player with a much lower value.
And people are also not happy with the fact that no one came in to replace Traore.
The club did sign Chiquinho, but he is seemingly a player for the future.
Ultimately, Wolves’ hand was forced due to the fact that Traore’s contract is running down.
According to Spiers, Wolves actually put a ‘huge’ offer on the table for Traore.
But he wasn’t prepared to sign, and Barca came in for the Spaniard, who left them to join Aston Villa in 2015.
Adama Traore was simply just ready to leave Wolves
It sounds as though Wolves really did try their hardest to get Traore signed up to a new contract.
The fact he has still not signed really just says that he is ready to move on, having been at the club since 2018.
It is a shame for Wolves given how much of a game-changer he can be, and what unique attributes he possesses.
But it is what it is. Traore has it good at Wolves, although he probably feels he could player more. He is loved by the fans and his teammates alike. But it seems clear he wants to move on, and Barcelona are obviously his boyhood club. It is little wonder he jumped at the chance to return upon learning they were interested in taking him back.
The ideal outcome is that Traore now plays well enough for Barca to trigger that £29 million option.