The Spaniard only signed for the Villans last year ahead of what has been a woeful campaign for the Midlands club, and initially much was expected of him.
However, the 20-year-old has struggled in the claret and blue shirt and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in league action.
Although his time at Villa has been forgettable, reports claim that Barcelona have been keeping tabs on him and are open to the idea of triggering a buy-back option they have in place to lure him back the Nou Camp.
It’s understood that, unlike at the time he was allowed to leave, the La Liga champions have a slot open in their first-team squad, and a player of home-grown status is appealing.
Traore – who shone for Barca’s ‘B’ team before his exit – would likely be a back-up to the awesome forward triumvirate of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi.