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Leeds: Jacques Talbot drops Adama Traore transfer claim

Leeds United are reportedly interested in making a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers forward, Adama Traore, as the club plots a replacement for former talisman, Raphinha.

What’s the word?

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, journalist Jacques Talbot has suggested it could prove an “absolute bargain” were the Elland Road outfit to poach the Spaniard this summer, amid reports that he could cost as little as £10m.

Following suggestions that the Yorkshire side have made a move for the 25-year-old, Talbot stated: “Raphinha and Traore, they’re both right sided, so that would make sense. He’s a cheap player, he is Premier League proven and he can, on his day, be absolutely phenomenal.

“He can do a lot of things that a lot of players can’t, big in size, a smart player. I didn’t realise it was £10m. I think that’s an absolute bargain.”

As the transfer insider alluded to, the eight-cap gem – who has just a year remaining on his existing deal at Molineux – would seemingly be a direct replacement for the aforementioned Raphinha, with the 25-year-old having recently joined Barcelona in a £55m deal.

Absolute bargain

Managing to secure the signing of the pacy colossus for such a minimal fee would no doubt prove an astute piece of business for sporting director Victor Orta, with Traore a simply unique asset who can enhance any side.

There are perhaps understandable concerns over his attacking output, having scored just eight goals and provided 14 assists in 160 Premier League games thus far – including spells at both Middlesbrough and Aston Villa – although few players possess his innate knack for terrorising defenders.

Lethal on the counter and devastating down either flank, the “sensational” brute – as he has been described by journalist Graeme Bailey – will offer a potent threat for manager Jesse Marsch, with opposition defenders rarely enjoying an easy ride against the £18m-rated ace.

That point is rubberstamped by his impressive statistical record of late, the £46k-per-week machine comparing favourably to his peers across Europe’s top five leagues, notably ranking in the top 1% for progressive carries and in the top 3% for dribbles completed, showcasing his brilliance with the ball at his feet.

Equally, during his recent six-month loan stint at Camp Nou – where he had previously risen through the youth ranks  – the dynamic forward also put to bed some of those doubts regarding his end product, chipping in with four assists in all competitions for Xavi’s side.

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While the La Liga outfit opted not to sign him permanently, having instead decided to pursue Raphinha, the door has been left open for Leeds to pounce, with it looking as if the 5-foot-10 speedster is set for pastures new this summer.

There may undoubtedly be moments of frustration for supporters when watching Traore, although managing to sign such an explosive talent for just £10m represents a deal that is simply too good to turn down.

AND in other news: Victor Orta plotting Leeds bid for “formidable” £19m sensation, he’s “one of the best”

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