Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore ‘remains of interest’ to Liverpool as the Reds seek to recruit another attacker, according to 90Min.
The Spain international didn’t register a Premier League goal or assist until April last season, eventually finishing the campaign with four direct goal contributions (via Transfermarkt). However, he led the division for successful dribbles per 90 minutes with 4.1, edging Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin (via WhoScored).
Traore played all 90 minutes as Bruno Lage’s Wolves tenure began with a 1-0 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday. He was guilty of missing what BBC Sport’s Phil Dawkes called a ‘golden chance’ at 0-0 after racing through on goal.
According to 90Min, Liverpool hope to ‘add at least one forward’ to their ranks before the end of the window, and Jurgen Klopp is a fan of Traore.
The Reds are ‘ready’ to facilitate the signing by offloading Xherdan Shaqiri, who’s ‘close’ to joining Lyon, and Divock Origi. Wolves’ stance is that the 25-year-old can leave for the right price, and that price happens to be £40m, but Liverpool are hopeful of negotiating a lower fee.
The Spaniard wants to leave Molineux this summer, having expressed a clear reluctance to sign a new deal.
If Traore isn’t entertaining the idea of a contract extension, Wolves will soon come under pressure to sell. He still has two years left on his current deal, but they need to be mindful of the situation as his contract winds down.
£40m may seem an optimistic valuation for a player who struggled to make an impact for most of last season, but Traore showed in 2019/20 what he’s capable of producing when at his best.
He scored six goals and set up another 12 in all competitions that year, striking up a devastating partnership with Raul Jimenez. If he does stay at Molineux, the returning Mexican striker should bring the best out of him once again.
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