Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Barcelona confirm Adama Traore took significant pay cut to leave Wolves and already plan to make loan transfer permanent

ADAMA TRAORE took a pay cut in order to secure his Barcelona return, it has been confirmed.

The 26-year-old Spaniard completed a loan move to the Catalan giants from Wolves, with an option to buy of £25million included within the deal.

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Traore has returned to Barcelona after leaving Wolves in the final week of the January windowCredit: AFP

And Barcelona president Joan Laporta has now revealed Traore made sacrifices when it came to his salary because he wanted to play for the club again.

Speaking about securing the former Wolves man, Laporta said: “We’ve an option to buy clause included into Adama Traore deal with Wolves and our plan is to trigger that clause.

“It’s on him – he made a great effort [on salary] to play here at Barça.”

Barcelona will pay 100 per cent of Traore’s wages.

He looked set to join Spurs earlier in the window but a deal fell through after a disagreement between the player and Tottenham 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 existing contract with Wolves runs until the end of next season.

When quizzed about his return to the Nou Camp, Traore told the club website: “I have been away for seven years, I will do all I can to make the Barça fans happy with me.

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“I am happy to be back home and I hope to demonstrate my talents on Sunday.”

Traore looks set to make his debut against Atletico Madrid in a huge clash this weekend.

Barcelona currently sit fifth in the LaLiga table, 15 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid.

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