Liverpool have been linked with a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his forward line this summer.
According to the Daily Star, the Reds are set to test the Midlands outfit’s resolve by making a £30m move for their prized asset over the coming months.
Previous reports have claimed Wolves are willing to listen to offers to Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves and Traore in the current window as they look to raise funds for new manager Bruno Lage to spend on his own targets.
The former Barcelona academy graduate has often been a frustrating figure since his arrival on English shores, but he appears to have turned a corner over the last couple of campaigns.
After forming a formidable partnership with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, Traore provided 12 assists in 2019/20, showcasing his creative talents.
However, with Jimenez suffering a season-ending injury in the first half of last season, the Spanish speed-demon saw his output fall due to the absence of a quality forward, laying on just three assists in all competitions.
His devastating performances have caught the eye of several onlookers in recent years, including Liverpool manager Klopp, who praised the 25-year-old’s electric pace.
“The speed of Traore is actually undefendable in moments,” said the German tactician.
While his potential arrival at Anfield arguably wouldn’t threaten the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a regular starting berth, Traore would offer a significant upgrade on current backup option Xherdan Shaqiri.
The diminutive Switzerland international has been hampered by injuries during his time as a Liverpool player, limiting him to just seven Premier League starts and two assists since the start of 2019/20.
It’s clear, therefore, that the pacey forward would bolster Klopp’s attacking options, providing a quality alternative to the current options available.
As per WhoScored, Traore managed 1.5 key passes per league game last season, a huge 4.1 dribbles and was fouled an average of 2.3 times per match, placing him in the top two for each metric when compared to his teammates.
He may not be the complete, finished article, but Traore would provide a much-needed boost to Liverpool’s attacking options, and director of football Michael Edwards would certainly be getting value for money if he can secure his services for just £30m.