Wolves winger Adama Traore is reportedly keen on a switch to North London and is pushing Tottenham to make a deadline day bid.
According to the reports in Cadena SER, Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes is now the man in charge to negotiate Traore’s €40 million move to Tottenham as instructed by his compatriot, client and Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Traore has signed a mandate with Jorge Mendes to secure him an 11th-hour move to North London before the transfer window slams shut.
Traore’s Tottenham transfer may have a domino effect, forcing Wolves to dive into the market to find a suitable replacement. It’s been speculated that Wolves have identified Valencia’s Gonçalo Guedes as a potential Traore successor, but that deal could cost them upwards of $25 million-plus add-ons.
The 25-year-old speedster has been on the top of Tottenham’s shortlist of potential targets throughout this summer, with Nuno being a big admirer of his former player and wants a reunion at Spurs. The Lilywhites’ already had a £5 million loan with an option-to-buy offer rejected by Wolves and are expected to come back with an improved bid.
Wolves are adamant about keeping their star winger and are unwilling to reduce their asking price for the player with two years left on his Molineux contract. Apparently, he is seen as a crucial player in Wolves manager Bruno Lage’ plans, who is pushing the club to sign him to a new, improved deal to extend his stay at the club.
Since signing for Wolves in a reported £18 million move in 2018, he has made 131 appearances for the West Midlands outfit, scoring ten goals and providing 18 assists. He has developed a name for himself as a superb dribbler and one of the Premier League’s fastest players.
The Spanish international has been touted with a move to Liverpool, Chelsea, and Leeds United in the past, but Spurs are now the obvious favourites to capture him if he leaves Wolves.
Nuno aims to bolster his wide options with Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Heung Min-Son, and Bryan Gil the only players available at his disposal. Lucas Moura is highly inconsistent, while Bryan Gil is very young and they also have to compete in multiple competitions including the newly-incarnated UEFA Conference League which can be a gruelling task with a thin roster. Signing Traore would certainly add much-needed quality depth in the wide areas.
Elsewhere, Tottenham have also made an approach for Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal which suggests they are searching the market for a wide player who can also operate in a full-back role. Traore, with his versatility, fits the profile. What now remains to be seen is whether or not Spurs can get this deal over the line.