Fabrizio Romano has corroborated a report that Wolves’ Adama Traore is on Chelsea’s radar this summer.
Last season, he played 41 times in all competitions, scoring three goals and assisting three more.
Traore led the league for successful dribbles per 90 minutes with 4.1, edging out Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin (via WhoScored).
The Spaniard, who is valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, is about to enter the final two years of his contract at Molineux.
Tim Sherwood, who oversaw Traore at Aston Villa, perhaps best summed up his abilities, calling the winger a ‘fantastic talent’ and describing him as ‘dynamic’ in possession.
Romano tweeted that Chelsea are rivalling Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi.
Newly-crowned Serie A champions Inter are said to want €80million for the Moroccan.
If the Parisians were to beat Chelsea to Hakimi’s signature, then Traore could be an alternative for their wing-back position.
The Euro 2020-bound star is on a ‘list‘ of options for the Blues, confirmed Romano.
From Chelsea’s point of view, Traore would arguably be a more sensible addition than Hakimi.
Reece James is already an excellent option in the right-back or wing-back role, so there’s little point shelling out €80million on another out-and-out wing-back.
Traore would be a strong back-up option from whom Thomas Tuchel would hope to extract more consistency, but he could also excel further up the pitch, as he has done in the past for Wolves.
It could well be the end of road in the Midlands, but one would have to assume the Molineux outfit will have a decent negotiating position with two years still left on his deal.
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