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Traoré wants to return to La Liga; Barcelona and Real Madrid are candidates

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Adama Traoré has frozen contract negotiations with Wolves, according to a report from Goal . The former Barcelona youngster seems ready to return to his homeland.

Barcelona and Real Madrid seem ready to fight for the Spanish international’s signature. Traoré has spent five years in England with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Wolves. Last year, the winger came into life after years of struggling at first.

Traoré came through at La Masia before leaving in 2015. Last month, the 24-year-old debuted with the Spanish national team. He had a superb resurrection in England and has become hot property last summer. Wolves valued him at more than 100 million in the transfer window too.

9 months ago, Traoré explained that he is focused on his career with Wolves, but the circumstances seem to have changed since then.

The former Barça player has a contract until 2023 at Molyneux. If the two Spanish giants want to get the Spanish speedster, they will have to break their bank or wait until next summer. For Barça, the 24-year-old would add the pace they require at times and he could be a gamechanger.

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La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums

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In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.

Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.

The Condition of La Liga

Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.

Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.

He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.

On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”

Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.

A return for crowds to stadiums

When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.

Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”

Upcoming transfer window

Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.

Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.

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