Leeds United are interested in a move to bring Adama Traore to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by TEAMtalk, who claimed that Victor Orta and his Elland Road transfer team have made contact with the Wolves winger regarding a switch to LS11 at the end of the current campaign.
The report added that the forward, who is currently on loan at Barcelona, looks set to return to Molineux this summer, after it was revealed that the La Liga side do not intend to activate their €30m (£25.5m) option to purchase the 26-year-old.
Finally, it is also claimed that Tottenham Hotspur, who saw a bid for the Spain international rejected in the January transfer window, are set to reignite their interest in a move for the forward at the end of the season.
With Barcelona being heavily linked with a move for Raphinha this summer, the fact that Orta is now reported to be in talks with Traore regarding a move to Elland Road could easily be viewed as the sporting director planning for life after the Brazil international.
While Traore’s end product sometimes leaves a lot to be desired for a player in his position, the 26-year-old’s incredible ability to progress the ball would nevertheless appear to make him a fine prospective signing for the Whites.
Indeed, according to FBRef, the £25.2m-rated maestro ranks in the top 1% of wingers in Europe’s big five leagues for dribbles completed per 90 minutes, in addition to the top 4% for progressive carries, the top 12% for touches in the opposition penalty area, the top 24% for shot-creating actions and the top 29% for aerial duels won over the last 365 days.
Furthermore, the £46k-per-week attacker is also proven in the Premier League, with his best campaign for Wolves coming back in 2019/20. Over his 37 top-flight appearances that season, Traore scored four goals, registered nine assists and created 10 big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 1.2 shots, making 1.3 key passes and completing 4.9 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the player who Jurgen Klopp dubbed an “unbelievable” talent average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.27, not only ranking him as Wolves’ best performer in the league but also as the 11th-best player in the entire division.
As such, should Jesse Marsch believe he would be able to help Traore rediscover this level of form following a potential moveto Leeds, the eight-cap Spain international would indeed appear an excellent replacement for the seemingly outbound Raphinha.