Boro are believed to be desperate to hang on to the 22-year-old winger, but should Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo choose to meet the player’s buyout clause, then there is little that Tony Pulis can do to keep his man at the Riverside Stadium.
It is understandable why Nuno may wish to reinforce his left-wing options ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign. With his right flank well represented by the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa, Nuno has already brought in Diogo Jota this summer to add some quality to the other side of the pitch.
Another addition may be needed though, to offer some strength in depth, and competition to Jota, for that left-wing berth.
That being said, £18 million is a steep price for Traore. Nuno may find better value for money in the market by looking a little further afield.
Francois Kamano, of Bordeaux, is a tricky, lightning quick left-winger, just like Adama Traore.
He is a more versatile player than the Boro man though, in that he is equally as comfortable playing up front, or on the right, as he is on the left.
What’s more, statistics over the last two seasons suggest that Kamano offers a greater degree of end product than Traore too. Over the past two campaigns in Ligue 1, Kamano has notched 14 strikes, compared to Traore’s meagre 5, spanning the same time period.
Kamano and Traore are the same age, and would offer a very similar threat as part of Nuno’s arsenal, yet despite Traore’s Premier League experience, Kamano is the more proven option of the two.
Bringing Kamano to Molineux this summer would likely be the cheaper alternative as well, seeing as the Guinea international is only valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt.