Between Adama Traoré and Barcelona, it’s a long story. It is not far from the Catalan city, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, that he was born on January 25, 1996 and that he grew up. It was also close to Barcelona that he was born as a footballer. After a brief stint at the CE L’Hospitalet, he joined the Masia in 2004, where he crossed all the stages before starting his senior career with Barça B. On November 23, 2013, he even made his debut at 17 years with the A team under the orders of Tata Martino. He entered ten minutes against Granada (4-0 victory).
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Wolverhampton doesn’t want it anymore
Most often with the reserve, Adama Traoré had played 4 games with the pros before leaving the club in 2015. Direction England. After Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, he settled in Wolverhampton in 2018 against a check for € 20 million. Among the Wolves, the Spaniard has managed to do well and progress. He also transformed physically, becoming much more muscular and toned.
Sparkling in his debut, he was less prominent this 2020-21 season (3 goals and 2 assists in 41 appearances). Predicted by Daniel Podence, the 25-year-old was also convinced that he was paying for not accepting the extension offered by his club at the start of the year. The salary offered by Wolves, € 4m, had not convinced him to come back. Result: Wolves wanted and still want to get rid of it. But they are also aware that they will not be able to sell it for a high price.
A return home?
Indeed, he will leave for an amount lower than the 80 M € hoped for previously. A few clubs are already set to get their hands on the contracted player until 2023. In the Premier League, Chelsea and Leeds have been cited as potential contenders. In Spain, Barça would also have an eye on him according to Sport. The Catalan media, which recalls that Joan Laporta has yet announced 3 or 4 potential transfers, explains that Adama Traoré is being followed. It has been before. But this time, we are talking about a possible exchange with Francisco Trincão. The presence of Jorge Mendes, agent of the Portuguese and close to Wolverhampton, could facilitate this operation.
However, the two clubs should be found there financially. What is certain is that the Spaniard does not rule out a return to Barça. “Barcelona has been my home and it is my home. I grew up there, I was 8 years old when I arrived at the club. We should see what they offer … but the current state of mind is to help the national team and prepare for Wednesday’s match ”,he confessed to Sport. Not yet used by Luis Enrique during the Euro, Adama Traoré is biding his time. Then it will be time for him to think about his future. Whether in Barcelona or elsewhere.