An update has emerged on Wolves winger Adama Traore, regarding how much Liverpool are willing to pay for him…
According to Football Insider, Liverpool have opened negotiations with Wolves over a deal to sign Adama Traore this summer. The Premier League giants have told Wolves that they are prepared to go as high as £25m for the Spanish international.
However, the report claims that Wolves are unhappy with this valuation and are demanding that any interested clubs will need to pay £50m to snap him away from Molineux ahead of next season.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage must avoid a disaster this summer and stick firm to his valuation of the forward.
He cannot allow Liverpool to bully him or the club into lowering their asking price as Traore is likely to be a key player in the upcoming campaign. Thus, they must reject any offers of £25m.
That is not to say that the club should not be flexible in any negotiations. For example, if Liverpool came in and offered £40m upfront and £5m in add-ons, or a deal within that region, then it could be enough to tempt the Midlands side.
What they must avoid is selling him on the cheap as fans would be gutted if one of their best players was easily let go. Supporters will want to see the club working hard to have the best squad possible and selling a player for 50% of the reported valuation would not be a piece of business that aligns with that expectation.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has publicly shown his appreciation for the winger, as he labelled Adama “unplayable” following a clash with the Reds last season; “What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good,” the German said.
Jordan Henderson also added that he’s tricky to come up again, saying:
“[Traore] is very tough, strong, powerful, quick.
“He’s difficult to play against. But the lads did brilliantly against him. I thought we did really well with that.”
The 25-year-old dynamo is a key player for Lage and the club should be trying to do everything they can to keep him. Whilst he was only able to contribute two goals and two assists in the Premier League last season, his overall performances were still encouraging as he averaged an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.11.
No Wolves player managed a higher rating and Adama averaged the most chances created and dribbles completed per game (5.6) for the club. This suggests that his lack of assists may have been more an issue with the players he was providing the service to rather than his own end product.
Although his lack of goals was a cause for concern, hopefully, he will rectify that next term.