An update has emerged on Leeds target Adama Traore, regarding Wolves’ valuation of the forward.
According to The Daily Mail, Wolves are willing to part ways with Leeds United target Adama Traore for a fee in the region of £45m.
The report claims Tottenham are also interested in signing the ex-Barcelona forward, with Nuno Santo wanting a reunion with the winger following his switch from Molineux to London. Leeds are also said to have alternative targets to the Spaniard heading into the final weeks of the window.
Victor Orta must avoid a major blunder with this news as it would leave fans livid if the club splashed out £45m on Traore before the end of the month. Leeds’ most expensive signing stands at £27m – for Rodrigo last summer – and that means they would need to smash their record transfer by some distance to bring the Spaniard in.
Is he worth it? His performances for Wolves last season would suggest the answer is no. In 37 Premier League appearances, he produced two goals and two assists from out wide for Santo’s side, along with one goal in the League Cup.
He was unable to chip in with goal contributions on a regular basis, despite his general displays being fairly impressive as he averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.11. Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp labelled Traore as unplayable early last year, after an impressive display from the winger against his side.
He said: “He is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good.”
However, the top players merge their all-around play with the ability to consistently provide quality in the final third and Traore was unable to do that for Wolves in the 2020/21 campaign.
Another reason why this could be a bad deal for Leeds is that the player is not desperate to come. Journalist Duncan Castles recently explained the situation regarding Leeds’ pursuit of the wing wizard and claimed that the Wolves ace is not particularly keen on a move to Elland Road. He said:
“My guidance is that Adama isn’t interested in moving there. He sees himself rather than making a sideways move, he wants to move to a club with Champions League status or at least a realistic chance of making the Champions League soon.”
This suggests that his heart would not fully be in it even if Leeds managed to convince him to go through with a transfer.
Therefore, Orta should be avoiding Traore this month because of his valuation and his thoughts on the club, as the fans will have every right to be furious if they overspend on an underperforming player whose head may not be in the right place if he did arrive.