The idea behind Adama Traore’s acquisition was to effectively replace Ousmane Dembele who Barcelona expected to depart in the January transfer window.
But with the Frenchman now jotting down a place in Xavi’s starting XI, Traore’s role has reduced to being a mere squad player, to say the very least.
All this has culminated in a persuasive debate within the Barcelona hierarchy as to who should be retained between the two. The situation at Barça at this very moment is completely different to the one that was brewed in January.
Given the obvious economic difficulties, the team can only retain one and it goes without saying the player costing less will be preferred.
Now, it’s very much understood that the team is falling short on matching Dembele’s demand. Or should we say the Frenchman is yearning for a substantial appetite? In any case, the player has shown his worth and in some style.
Traore, on the other hand, is someone who Barcelona likes, but as quoted by SPORT, the team is certainly not willing to pay the initially agreed €30 million fee under any circumstances.
His agent Jorge Mendes has known this since January and is currently working on striking a deal that could potentially involve Francisco Trincao or Riqui Puig.
The primary option could directly see an exchange between Traore and Trincao, but this requires a lot of effort since the latter really hasn’t adjusted to life in England.
Then comes Puig in the picture. There are sources that claim the young midfielder is wanted by Wolves but nothing is advanced at the moment.
And finally, there are minute chances that Traore could, in fact, pen a new deal with Wolves altogether and could move to Barcelona again on a year-long loan.
It is rightly believed that Barcelona will not make the first move in Tarore’s situation as there are still chances that Dembele could be retained. If that’s the case, Traore will certainly not continue at Camp Nou.