According to an exclusive report coming from 90min, Barcelona are interested in recruiting Wolverhampton Wanderers’ breakthrough talent Adama Traore.
The 23-year-old player has suddenly become one of the hottest prospects on the market, attracting attention from the Premier League giants such as Liverpool and Manchester City.
But his former club Barcelona are also on the prowl.
Wolves reportedly value Traore at £70m, as 90min have explained, and they would likely receive the full amount should the player truly be sold.
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But a deal in January looks unlikely and if any of the aforementioned clubs really manage to seal it, it would probably come about at the end of the season.
With four goals and four assists in the Premier League already, it’s easy to see why Traore is liked by so many big teams.
But for the Catalans, it could indicate a recurring flaw in their overall policy.
Traore was once a part of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy and now, years after letting him go, they could return for their prodigy, only this time, it would literally (not literally) cost them an arm and a leg.
There’s no doubting Traore’s appeal right now – as his stats and the interest from top teams have proven – but failing to groom their young talents properly and then splashing the cash once someone else does the job for them doesn’t really seem like a viable transfer policy for the Blaugrana.
And considering Traore wouldn’t be their first mistake of this nature, there’s reason to believe this is indeed a major flaw in their overall system.
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A rather similar thing has happened to Dani Olmo – another La Masia outcast who’s on Barcelona’s radar and commanding a large transfer fee – and also players like Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Andre Onana – stars who were sold only for the Catalans to reignite their interest years after, realising the error of their ways.
Wolves have been an excellent place for Traore to thrive and develop and they are now reaping the rewards of their trust in the player – trust that Barcelona were lacking back in the day.
That mistake might cost them £70m or even more, while the English side can either cash in or try and keep the player around.
At this point, both options sound good for them and they hold all the cards.
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