Liverpool have reportedly been given the green light to make a move for Adama Traore, who is valued at around £50 million by Wolves.
According to a report by Football Insider, Wolverhampton Wanderers are prepared to cash in on Adama Traore as they look to raise money to sign their targets in the summer transfer window. This has come as a major boost for Liverpool, who are keen on signing the Spanish international, valued at £50 million by Wolves.
Adama Traore has been in England for half a dozen years now, having joined Aston Villa from Barcelona in the summer of 2015. The move to Villa Park, though, had not worked out, and neither did the switch to Middlesbrough. However, it is his transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers that has worked wonders for the 25-year-old.
A mainstay in attack for Wolves over the last three years, Traore has turned out 131 times for the Black Country outfit, chipping in with ten goals and 18 assists. His tally might not seem attractive enough, but the Spaniard has made quite an impression on one of the biggest clubs in the world, with Liverpool hot on his trails.
The interest from Liverpool makes a world of sense, especially in the wake of a sub-par 2020/21 season for the club. Attack, in particular, faltered a lot as apart from Mohamed Salah, the goals did not flow as consistently as they usually did before last term. And with Xherdan Shaqiri intent on calling it quits at Anfield, Liverpool need a replacement anyway.
In addition, Liverpool will also lose the services of Salah and Sadio Mane in January for the Africa Cup of Nations, which will then leave Jurgen Klopp with a shortage of attacking options. As a result, Liverpool have been linked with a number of attackers, including Federico Chiesa, with Traore a viable target as well.
However, a major stumbling block for the Reds in pursuit of the Spanish international is his £50 million valuation, especially seeing as they are only willing to offer up to £25 million to land him. Having said that, Wolves are in a financial quagmire this summer, meaning they might well have to lower their asking price if they are to cash in on Traore.
What now remains to be seen is if Liverpool indeed table a bid worth around £25 million and whether Wolves stick to their £50 million valuation. For now, Liverpool have been handed the green light to make a move for Traore, who does not really fit in Bruno Lage’s system and is set to be offloaded this summer.