Leeds are weighing up a shock move to sign Adama Traore due to his contract situation at Wolves, according to reports. The winger’s current deal does not expire until the summer of 2023 but the club have failed to make a breakthrough during contract negotiations with the player.
Traore has started just half of Wolves’ 14 Premier League games this term, despite being one of the first names on the team sheet last season.
It would be fair to assume that his ongoing contract saga is the reason why he has been overlooked on several occasions this season.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus are among those to have been linked with Traore but none of those would be willing to match Wolves’ £80million asking price.
However, Nuno Espirito Santo now appears to favour Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence over the Spaniard, meaning Wolves may be prepared to reduce their asking price.
According to 90min.com, Traore is the subject of surprise interest from Leeds ahead of the January transfer window.
The Whites could be set for a £50m cash injection as NFL side San Antonio 49ers bid to increase their stake in the club from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.
Traore is said to be frustrated with his lack of game time this season and for that reason, may consider his future.
Crucially, Leeds may have a secret weapon up their sleeve when it comes to landing Traore.
Director of Football Victor Orta was the man who brought Traore to Middlesbrough, during his time at the Teeside club.
The pair have maintained a close relationship and Marcelo Bielsa’s gung-ho counter-attacking football could suit Traore down to the ground.
Orta has previously laid on that he was proud of the work he carried out at the Riverside, which included signing Traore.
“I think we made a lot of good things in Middlesbrough, and you talk about two players now, like Marten De Roon – near to being in the quarter-final of the Champions League, it’s all happening (for him),” Orta said.
“Adama Traore can be the most exciting prospect now in Spain.
“And not only this, even a lot of players that can have a real impact on the team, I feel really proud of my work in Middlesbrough because I was honest and I was trying to improve the club.”
When addressing Traore’s future last month, Wolves boss Nuno dismissed the idea that the jet-heeled forward was unhappy at the club.
“What I can say about this is Adama is delighted to be here,” he said. “You can see how happy he has been in training just by seeing us be together again.
“Things will happen naturally. Speculation around our players doesn’t bother us. We know what we have to do. First of all, you have to be happy where you are, and he clearly is.”