The Athletic’s Phil Hay has dropped a transfer update on where things stand with Leeds United’s pursuit of Adama Traore.
90min had previously revealed that Bielsa’s side are considering making a move for the 25-year-old this summer, with Wolves now ready to listen to offers for the winger.
The report added: “Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all kept close tabs on Traore, but Leeds are very much at the head of the queue as it stands.
“Traore’s relationship with Orta, who plucked him from a miserable time at Villa to take him to Boro, and his desire to work with Marcelo Bielsa could very well sway the deal in their favour.”
But now, speaking on The Phil Hay Show, the journalist poured cold water over Leeds making a move for the Spaniard this summer.
He said (via This is Futbol): “Victor Orta does know Traore very well, but I haven’t heard Traore spoken about at any point through the summer, and I know there have been the links, but every time we’ve asked about him, we’ve been told, definitely not or really no, it just doesn’t seem likely.
“And from what we are told at both ends – Wolves and Leeds – there hasn’t been any contact about Traore, or no official contact, so I can’t see that one.”
Former Leeds midfielder David Norris has already given his backing behind a potential move for the Wolves flier, telling FFC: “He (Bielsa) likes them attacking, exciting players that can create.
“They still must work hard, but the way he’s been in the last couple of seasons, and how much of a danger he is and how much he an create, I think that would be a great signing. Leeds are looking for top players and I think he’s a top player.”
Crucially though, 90min also claimed that “Bielsa is a huge fan of the Spanish international winger, and has been for some time, believing he could blossom in his system at Elland Road.”
The Leeds boss’ reported admiration for Traore and thinking that he could really develop under his management at the club is exactly why he will be gutted with Hay’s latest update on where things stand.
Bielsa has more than earned the right to sign the players that he wants given his work in establishing Leeds as a Premier League club once more, so the fact there has been no contact made for Traore, and that it seems unlikely, will be a major disappointment to the Argentine.