Leeds United appear to have been handed a major boost in their hunt to sign Wolves winger Adama Traore.
In February, EuroSport reported that Leeds are likely to make a bid to sign the jet-heeled 25-year-old in the summer transfer window after the 49ers increased their stake in the Yorkshire club and boosted the coffers at Elland Road.
Last summer, ESPN reported that Wolves could value at Traore as high as £80million after he had a brilliant 2019/20 campaign.
However, the former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Barcelona winger has been a bit quieter this season in what has been a disappointing campaign for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
On Monday night, Traore assisted a goal for the first time in the Premier League this season after 29 appearances.
Adama Traoré’s first league assist of the season came with the 41st chance he created in the competition.
Unlucky to not have at least a couple more. 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/0Rcirnv2na
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 5, 2021
Amid Traore’s struggles, Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles has now reported that Wolves are willing to offload the winger in the upcoming summer transfer window.
“I’m hearing it’s not just Pedro Neto who is being made available for sale – it’s also Ruben Neves and Adama Traore,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.
“[They are] essentially the three most sellable and valuable talents in Wolves’ squad at present, excluding Raul Jimenez.
“Adama is 25, he is contracted until 2023. They want to sell at least one of those for a substantial fee, perhaps more than one, and then reinvest and freshen up the squad.”
Wolves’ decision on Traore likely means that his previous £80million valuation – coupled with a less-than-sensational season at Molineux – is no longer such a high sum.
Leeds are expected to strengthen in the summer but would they have splurged north of £50million on one player? In our opinion, no.
But as Traore will have 24 months left on his contract at Molineux in the summer, has had a tough season and his club are willing to sell, you would imagine that he becomes somewhat of a realistic target for Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa is a fan of having plenty of wingers to choose from in his squad and last month, The Athletic’s Phil Hay hinted on the Phil Hay Show that Helder Costa could be someone who’s moved on ahead of next season.
If Costa goes and Traore is up for grabs, you only need to put two and two together to figure out what that could mean in Victor Orta’s head.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites negotiated a £43million agreement behind the scenes after winning promotion.