Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Adama Traore to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
The report goes on to state that Wolves are willing to part with the Spain international ahead of the new Premier League campaign, with an offer of around £18m expected to be enough to get a deal over the line.
Finally, it is claimed that Everton are also keeping a very close eye on the situation of the forward ahead of a potential move of their own in the off-season, while Barcelona are said to be out of the race for the attacker.
While it is true that there are several limitations within Traore’s game, should Jesse Marsch believe he can be the coach to consistently get the best out of the Spaniard, the winger’s £18m signing would certainly represent a huge coup for Leeds – especially with the reported interest of Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and the aforementioned Everton.
Indeed, the £18m-rated forward’s contributions in the final third are slightly underwhelming, with Traore having scored a total of just one goal and registered four assists over his 40 appearances for both Wolves and Barcelona in 2021/22.
However, it is undoubtedly the £46k-per-week talent’s ability when carrying the ball that makes him such a unique option, with FBref ranking the 26-year-old in the top 1% of attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s big five leagues for dribbles completed per 90, as well as the top 3% for progressive carries, the top 15% for touches in the opposition penalty area and the top 25% for shot-creating actions over the last 365 days.
As such, should Marsch be able to improve Traore’s end product, it is clear to see that the player who Nathan Judah dubbed both “scary” and “unreal” would be a huge weapon for the American manager and his Leeds United side next season, with the winger’s £18m signing very much looking to be a risk that is well worth taking for Orta this summer.