Wolves winger Adama Traore has reportedly now been offered to Napoli by agent Jorge Mendes.
The Serie A league leaders have been linked with the Spanish star for a number of weeks now.
They are supposedly keen to sign him as a free agent. Traore’s current deal at Molineux expires in the summer.
According to Calciomercato, Mendes has, in recent days, offered Traore to the Champions League club and it is suggested that he would be a potential replacement for Hirving Lozano.
Like Traore, Lozano’s contract with Napoli expires next summer.
But it remains to be seen how this pans out.
Because Julen Lopetegui said recently that he would really like Traore to stay at Molineux.
He said (via Express & Star): “We have a big consideration about Adama and we are going to try, of course, to have him continue here.
“But we will see. I don’t know what is going to happen, but I know his commitment with us is big and this is my demand as a coach. After, I don’t know what will happen.
“I like Adama and the rest of the players on my team. For me, the best players are always on my team because they will be the main actors for the next few matches.”
Wolves have presented contract offers to Traore previously. But the player has been unwilling to commit his future.
With Lopetegui now in the building, it’s possible Traore could have a change of heart.
But Napoli’s interest is bound to appeal. They are playing some of the best football in Europe at the moment. And they are likely to be a Champions League club once more next season.
Wolves must not offload Adama Traore in January, amid claims Mendes has offered winger to Napoli
Given Wolves’ current predicament, there should be no entertaining of the idea of offloading Traore in January.
Thankfully, it appears Napoli are only keen to sign him on a free, meaning they wouldn’t be prising him away from Wolves next month.
Wanderers need to be keeping the star given he is a player that can completely change a game.
We saw him come off the bench to make a decisive impact against Everton.
And it’s possible the £43,000-a-week star can have more moments like that under Lopetegui in the second half of the season.
At this point, there is far more value in retaining him beyond January.
It would be a huge shame if he did leave for nothing next year. But there’s always a chance he could still extend.