The lowdown: Out of favour star
Once a fan favourite, Traore has fallen dramatically down the pecking order under Bruno Lage and was sent out on loan to Barcelona in January.
Included in the temporary switch was an option for the Catalan club to make the deal permanent, although it’s believed officials at the Camp Nou aren’t willing to sanction the move after just two assists in 11 La Liga outings.
Now, as a return to Molineux looms large, Traore’s ongoing future in the Midlands remains in serious doubt…
The latest: Wanted man
As per 90min, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are all keen on the 26-year-old Spaniard.
It’s claimed that Wolves will ‘focus on trying to offload Traore for good’ this summer and it seems inevitable that the powerful wide-man ‘will still leave’ the club in the near future.
The report states that Newcastle and Leeds have ‘previously enquired’ about the man recently hailed as ‘unstoppable’ by journalist Ronald Morgan following a standout Europa League display against Napoli containing two assists.
The verdict: Cash in
With only 29 direct goal involvements in 154 outings, having often flattered to deceive in an Old Gold shirt, the Spanish speedster has been usurped by the likes of Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and more recently Chiquinho in the Molineux pecking order.
Following just one goal and four assists in 40 appearances across all competitions in 2021/22, that’s a situation that seems unlikely to change in the near future as Lage asks ownership group Fosun for the funds to strengthen the ranks accordingly.
Under contract until 2023 and valued at £25.2million (Transfermarkt), the Wolves hierarchy must still demand a large fee for Traore that would bolster the coffers available to Lage this summer, particularly as the powerful eight-cap ace seemingly remains awash with major interest.
In other news, Wolves have received a transfer boost regarding one player. Find out who it is here.
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