Duncan Castles has dropped a big claim on Adama Traore’s thoughts regarding a potential move from Wolves to Leeds…
The journalist revealed that the Whites have come in with a £30m bid for the Wolves forward, with Marcelo Bielsa attempting to poach the Spaniard from Molineux. However, Castles has claimed that the former Barcelona man is not interested in a switch to Elland Road as it would be a sideways move for him.
He told the Transfer Window Podcast, via HITC: “The offer that I’m told Wolves have had proposed to them from another Premier League club comes from Leeds United. They were prepared to pay an initial £30m for Adama, who is well-known to Victor Orta, who signed him from Aston Villa when he was at Middlesbrough a few years back.
“My guidance is that Adama isn’t interested in moving there. He sees himself rather than making a sideways move, he wants to move to a club with Champions League status or at least a realistic chance of making the Champions League soon.”
Wolves manager Bruno Lage must be over the moon with this news as it shows dedication from Traore to stay at Molineux this summer. Of course, if a Champions League club came in and offered a gigantic sum of money for him, then it could work out well for all parties involved, but it would be frustrating to see him move to another mid-table club in the form of Leeds.
Lage would have been devastated if one of his key players came to him and demanded a transfer to a club with whom they will be directly competing in the Premier League next season. That is why this news is a terrific update from the Wolves manager’s point-of-view, and hopefully no bigger fish than Leeds come in to try and lure him away from Molineux before the end of the transfer window.
Last year, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lavished praise on the winger after his performance against the Reds in the Premier League. The German gushed: “He is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good.”
Adama averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.11 in the Premier League last season – the second highest of any Wolves player – providing two goals and two assists from out wide. Whilst his goal contribution numbers were poor, his overall performances were impressive – as shown by his average rating – and that suggests that he is doing the right things with his general play.
Therefore, keeping him at the club could be crucial for Wolves if he is able to hit form again and offer a dangerous threat consistently in the top flight. This is why Lage will be buzzing that Traore seemingly is not interested in leaving for Leeds anytime soon.