Wolves are looking to make Adama Traore an integral part of their plans moving forward as they prepare to offer him a new long-term contract.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Midlands outfit are in talks with the Spaniard, tying him down to the club. A new deal will come in tow of star striker Raul Jimenez also penning new terms for an extra four years at Molineux.
The winger has attracted a lot of attention this year after his rare combination of strength and pace proved to be a very important asset to Wolves’ first team. Barcelona and Juventus were eyeing up a swoop for Traore, along with reigning Premier League champions Liverpool, who are currently in the middle of offloading several attacking players of their own.
The Wanderers quoted a transfer fee of £70million for the 24-year-old as they were unwilling to lose him without having the funds to bring in a replacement. As it stands, Traore is the only recognised right-winger on the Wolves roster, meaning a move away from the club would leave Nuno Espirito Santo scrambling to plug a hole in his team.
The former Middlesbrough man tallied six goals and 12 assists for Wolves last season, scoring a result-defining goal on three separate occasions (via Transfermarkt).
Traore has showcased his versatility by operating in the Wolves midfield and as a centre-forward, as well as in his natural position on the wing. With the loss of Diogo Jota earlier in this transfer window, building a strong attack will be important for the Wanderers to recreate their strong 2019/20 season and potentially build on their performance of last year.
Nuno’s side were denied a top six finish after Spurs placed ahead of them on goal difference. However, with top four contenders like Manchester United and Tottenham hardly setting the world on fire this seasom, a Champions League spot may even be a goal that the Midlanders have in their sights. Tying down a game changer like Traore will help push the club further up the Premier League table, towards another season of European football.