Barcelona have announced the arrival of Wolves attacker Adama Traore, who was pencilled in for a medical at Tottenham last week.

In an official statement, Barcelona have confirmed the arrival of Adama Traore. The explosive forward joins from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a short-term loan deal. The Catalans are set to pay his wages during the remainder of the campaign and have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Barcelona have had a rather busy winter transfer window so far. They started the month by wrapping up the deal to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City in a permanent move. They had also signed Dani Alves earlier, with the Brazilian becoming an official member of the team after the turn of the year.

Adama Traore is set to become Barcelona’s third major signing this month, following Alves and Torres. A native of Barcelona, the winger had started his youth career at the prestigious La Masia academy at the age of just eight. He was at Barcelona eleven years before moving to Aston Villa in 2015.

During his time in Catalonia, the 26-year-old had made four competitive appearances for FC Barcelona. His debut for the club came way back in the 2013/14 season against Granada, when he appeared as a late substitute for Neymar.

Traore’s career truly flourished in England, with the forward eventually becoming a star at Wolves. Prior to his loan move, he had made over 150 competitive appearances for the Midlands outfit, becoming a key part of the club’s success following their promotion. A return to Barcelona marks an interesting turning point of a career that still promises much more.

Indeed, with Ousmane Dembele poised to leave Catalonia sooner rather than later, Adama Traore is set to play a vital role in Xavi Hernandez’s plan to rebuild the team. His explosive pace, coupled with his sheer strength, is set to offer Barcelona an additional variety in the final third, while the Spanish international also brings a lot of experience to the table.

Adama Traore himself will be delighted to have returned to his former club. The forward was earlier linked with a move to Tottenham and was even pencilled in for a medical in north London, but the move broke down at the last minute, prompting Spurs to set their sights on alternatives as we close in on transfer deadline day.

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