Adama Traore’s Wolves contract situation has been rumbling on in the background for a number of months and is seemingly no closer to a resolution.
The Spanish international’s current deal expires at the end of next season but his market value dwindles with every passing window that a new one goes unsigned.
A lack of goals and assists this season will not urge potential suitors to pay up, but what is the latest?
The Athletic’s Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers has offered an update as the days tick down towards the January transfer window.
He wrote: “(Wolves will) not (be) forced to sell, no, but will be mindful of Traore’s value dwindling.
“We’re seeing a growing trend of big-name players running down their contracts, but it’s hard to imagine Wolves will allow the Spaniard to enter the final 12 months of his deal.
“They paid £18 million for him in 2018 and will feel they can at least get that money back next summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal. Talks remain at an impasse with Traore believing he should be one of, if not the, best-paid player at the club).
“With Pedro Neto back soon, Daniel Podence playing well and Bruno Lage taking a massive shine to Hwang Hee-Chan, the odds favour a Traore exit.”
It seems the situation has reached a gridlock and something will have to give in a transfer window at some point.
In October, it was reported that Traore was edging closer to a new big-money contract but it seems that is no longer the case.
As Spiers says, Wolves will not want to lose Traore for peanuts having let his contract situation get away from them.
In terms of the merits of tying down Traore or letting him go, that debate will rage as it has done for years between those who think he is a unique talent waiting to explode or a player who lacks end-product to a chronic degree.
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