Tottenham Hotspur could still make a late move for Adama Traore before the end of the summer transfer window…
The north London outfit have long been linked with a move for the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger, with sporting director Fabio Paratici said to be a keen admirer, even since his time at Juventus.
“Paratici is a huge fan, he tried to sign him when he was at Juventus, Conte obviously wanted him in January before he got the Barcelona move,” Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor revealed earlier this month.
Now, transfer insider Dean Jones has suggested that this potential move is one to keep an eye out for heading into the final few days before the deadline.
“Adama Traore is one to keep an eye on in this final week. Intermediaries are still working on a new club for him and there has been most interest from Chelsea, Spurs and Everton,” he told GIVEMESPORT.
“He’s got to be one of the best options left on the market.”
The 26-year-old could cost as little as £10m with the Old Gold desperate to get some sort of return for a player that is out of contract next summer.
With further depth required out wide, there won’t be a better candidate to sign than Traore before the end of the window. Not only is he an absolute bargain at just £10m but he is capable of playing as a winger, up top and as a wing-back.
The Spain international is a lethal combination of pace and power, one that has a proven talent in the Premier League.
His end product may be lacking, having provided only 24 goal contributions across 162 appearances for Wolves, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, as per Transfermarkt.
But as a likely wing-back in this system at Hotspur Way, he won’t be expected to find the net so often, particularly with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in their ranks.
Although his ability on the ball is second to none as he ranks in the top 1% of other wingers across Europe’s elite divisions for dribbles completed (5.28) per 90, as per FBref.
It’s no wonder Southampton striker Che Adams once lauded him as a “monster,” whilst BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand waxed lyrical about his physicality during Wolves’ clash with Manchester United back in 2020.
“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’s powerful and quick and this season he has been scaring defenders.”
That sentiment has been echoed by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who once claimed that Traore was “unplayable,” as well as his current teammate Nathan Collins, who said: “I think the toughest player must have been Adama Traore. He was a handful. His pace is blistering, he’s a handful and he’s scary to play against.”
Of course, his lack of end product will be cause for concern for supporters but he more than makes up for it with his dribbling and physical ability, in which many a top-flight defence has had trouble dealing with.
At just £10m, it would be a low-risk gamble on a player that could fulfil many roles for manager Antonio Conte. It’s surely a no-brainer for Paratici and co this week.