Out-of-favour Wolves winger Adama Traore has been linked with a move to European giants Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Traore loses his place at Wolves
The Spaniard has had a frustrating time of things at Molineux recently, with Bruno Lage only using him as an impact player.
Traore’s last start in the Premier League came against Leeds United over a month ago and he only featured for 14 minutes in last weekend’s 1-0 win at home to West Ham.
The 25-year-old has been tipped to move away from Wolves in recent weeks and now another rumour has emerged.
Who should Wolves sign?
The Latest: Real Madrid linked with move
According to El Nacional, Wolves have actually offered Traore to Real Madrid, as Jeff Shi looks to offload him and his wages in January and possibly fund the permanent transfer of Hwang Hee-chan.
The £27m-rated winger’s current Molineux deal expires in the summer of 2023, meaning the club are slowly running out of time to get big money for him, and this report claimed that he is eager to leave the Black Country at the earliest opportunity.
Traore came through the youth ranks at Barcelona, so a move to their arch-rivals Real Madrid could cause some controversy back in Spain.
The Verdict: Time to take the money?
Traore has been a hit-and-miss figure for Wolves, providing entertainment value with his pace and dribbling ability – he comfortably has the most dribbles per game (5.4) in the Premier League this season – but he has often lacked end product.
A return of 10 goals and 18 assists in 144 appearances is not impressive given the attacking nature of his role in the team, and he doesn’t appear to be a key part of Bruno Lage’s plans.
For that reason, Wolves may be wise to take the money and run in January, using the funds to sign a more prolific replacement or even put it towards a permanent move for Hwang as reported.
In other news, a potential Wolves signing has reportedly been thrown into doubt. Read more here.
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