According to Calciomercato, Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore is subject to interest from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City this month.
The Italian news outlet claim that the 23-year-old has impressed Pep Guardiola ‘so much’ this season and as a result, the club are preparing to table an €80m (£68m) offer for him to try and tempt Wolves into a sale.
Traore has scored three goals and provided one assist against the Citizens in the top-flight, succumbing them to two successive defeats in their previous two meetings.
The Spaniard has been an integral part of Nuno Santo’s plans this campaign, in 30 matches in all competitions, he has scored five goals and assisted seven more, per Transfermarkt.
He even played at right wing-back early in the year to cover for Nuno regular Matt Doherty.
It would be quite the disaster if Wolves were to accept any bid for him during the current transfer window as he’s pivotal to the system that his Portuguese boss is utilising at the moment.
The 3-4-3 formation sees Traore take up a right-forward position alongside Raul Jimenez and one of Pedro Neto and Diogo Jota, so if he were to get injured or was handed an unlikely suspended (not been carded), then there would be no other player able to play his role.
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It would mean reverting back to the 3-5-2, which caused indifferent results early in the campaign or playing someone out of position there.
Nuno’s philosphy of keeping a small squad is going to hurt when a player of Traore’s quality departs as there are minimal options able to step up to fill such a void.
The same goes for Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves, who too have been linked with exits this month.
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A Traore-shaped departure in the west Midlands would be devastating for their season and long-term goals. The side currently sit seventh in the Premier League and have every chance to break into the top six if they keep their form up.
The 23-year-old is clearly key to that given his goal involvements so far this term.