Wolves reportedly tried to propose a loan with obligation to buy deal for Adama Traore’s move to Barcelona last month.
According to a report from TEAMtalk, the club were actually initially keen to make sure they definitely received a payment from the Catalan giants for the winger.
It’s claimed Wolves proposed a obligatory clause of £22 million.
But in the end, Wolves and Barca couldn’t reach an agreement on that. As such, a loan deal was agreed with an option to buy.
It has been widely reported that that option is for £29 million.
Supposedly, the two clubs are already in contact about what a permanent deal will look like this summer.
Traore has made an excellent start to his second stint at the Nou Camp.
So far, he has made six appearances and already contributed four assists.
He has made a real impact under Xavi, who recently stated that the 26-year-old had surprised him with how good his decision-making had been.
Traore has yet to be on the losing side. And he appears to be really enjoying time back at the club where it all began for him.
Ideally Wolves would have struck obligation agreement with Barcelona over Adama Traore
It is frustrating that Wolves were not able to negotiate an obligatory fee with Barcelona for Traore’s sale.
Obviously at the moment there is a £29 million option to buy clause.
But Barcelona’s financial troubles have been well documented and it remains to be see if they will actually be able to stump up the cash at the end of the season.
£22 million is obviously a fair bit lower than £29 million. But at least it would have been a guaranteed sum.
It will be very interesting to see what happens with this come the end of the season.
It would not be a surprise if Barcelona ultimately turned around and proposed a swap deal involving Francisco Trincao. But Wolves should not entertain that.