Adama Traore could leave Wolves in January and is keen on the idea of a move to Liverpool, according to elnacional.cat.
The Spain winger’s contract at Molineux is due to expire in June 2023, but The Athletic’s Tim Spiers reported in September that talks over a new deal had resumed and that all parties were ‘optimistic’ that it would come to fruition. At the very least, that could protect the value of a player who is currently estimated to be worth £27m.
Traore has started five of Bruno Lage’s first seven Premier League matches, coming off the bench in the other two. He has averaged seven dribbles (comfortably the highest in the Premier League), two shots and 1.7 key passes per game (second only to Raul Jimenez in the Wolves ranks).
The report claimed that joining Liverpool could be the next step in Traore’s career, and that Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp is waiting ‘with open arms’. The Wolves winger would not turn down an offer from the Reds, in part because he likes their ‘offensive football and counterattack’.
There’s also interest from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City and Nuno Espirito Santo’s new club Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the mid-season transfer window.
Liverpool aren’t really a club who entertain expensive risks given their relatively frugal spending since 2019, and that’s exactly what Traore would be. With just 28 direct goal involvements in 140 Wolves appearances (10 goals, 18 assists), there are major concerns about his end product.
While Klopp might back himself to take the winger up a level, it’s hard to see the Reds agreeing to part with the kind of money Wolves will demand for the 25-year-old.
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