Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Adama Traore completes Barcelona loan transfer return from Wolves with skint Spaniards inserting £25m buy option in deal

ADAMA TRAORE has returned to Barcelona on loan until the end of the season.

The LaLiga side will pay 100 per cent of his salary, with an option to buy included for £25million.

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Traore left Barcelona for Aston Villa in 2015Credit: Getty
He returns after gaining an extraordinary amount of muscle during his time in England

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He returns after gaining an extraordinary amount of muscle during his time in EnglandCredit: PA

He will be presented on Wednesday behind closed doors.

The Wolves winger, 26, who completed his medical on Friday, came through the Catalan giants’ youth set-up and made four appearances for the first team between 2013 and 2015.

But he left for England seven years ago, joining Aston Villa for £7m.

And since then he has also gone on to play for Middlesbrough, before moving to Wolves in 2018.

In that time, Traore has beefed up significantly and become a rapid, strong, powerful runner for the Premier League side.

However, his goalscoring record remains something to be desire – with just 11 in 154 appearances for Wanderers.

Traore's stats for Wolves so far this season

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Traore’s stats for Wolves so far this season

Traore looked set to join Spurs earlier in the window but a deal fell through after a disagreement between the player and Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte.

According to reports, the Spaniard wanted to be considered a winger by Conte.

But the Italian coach was keen on him occupying the right wingback role in his 3-4-3/3-5-2 set-up.

And that proved to be a stumbling block for the two parties as Traore closed a deal with Barcelona instead.

His contract with Wolves runs until 2023.

Yet Traore hinted last summer that he would be open to a return to the Nou Camp.

Speaking to RAC1, he said: “Would I like to go back to Barcelona? Barca is my home, it’s the reality. I grew up there, I spent ten years at La Masia.

“From here we would have to see it, manage it with my agents and also see what role Barca would like.”

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Barcelona have already signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City for £55m in the January window.

Xavi and Co are keen to strengthen their squad after being dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages for the first time in 20 years.

They also sit fifth in the LaLiga table, so are in danger of missing out on qualifying for next season’s competition.

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