Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in long-term transfer target Adama Traore…
Spurs narrowly missed out on a move for the Spain international during the January transfer window, with the wide man opting for a temporary return to his boyhood club, FC Barcelona.
Now, sporting director Fabio Paratici could reignite a move for him.
“I think Adama Traore still would have to be considered for that slot. We know how much they liked him. There are people involved in the set-up that really want Adama Traore and even would make him a priority because they think it’d be such a good fit,” the journalist claimed.
When reports emerged linking Tottenham with a move for the bustling powerhouse in January, it was thought that manager Antonio Conte was keen for him to be the man to resolve their right wing-back woes.
Since then, the club have signed Djed Spence in a £15m deal but both Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal, who were key to the Italian’s worries, remain in N17.
Traore can also play further up the pitch, either as a winger or through the middle, so he offers plenty of versatility and depth, so it’s easy to see why Conte would still be keen on him.
His experience in the Premier League is also a big plus, especially given the praise that he has received in recent times. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp once deemed him “unplayable“, whilst BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand dubbed him a “machine” and suggested that he is built like a brick wall.
“He’s a machine. I was watching him pre-game and he could be a powerlifter or a cruiser-weight boxer – he’s huge,” he said (via Birmingham Mail).
Traore is now thought to be available for just £10m, so he represents even less of a risk than six months ago, seeing as Spurs were close to agreeing on a deal worth double that. Meanwhile, his reported wages of £46k-per-week are relatively cheap when compared to other members of the Lilywhites squad.
One key attribute is his ability on the ball, ranking inside the top 1% of all wingers across Europe for dribbles completed (5.24 per 90), via FBref.
With some members of staff behind-the-scenes ever so keen on Traore still, Conte will surely be delighted as he could well secure another one of his main targets in what would be an exciting seventh signing of the window.
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