Adama Traore’s loan spell with Barcelona is not going to be planned.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers winger returned to the Nou Camp in January after making it clear he wanted to return to Catalonia. Traore joined Barca with a view to making the transfer permanent this summer but it’s unlikely that Xavi’s side will decide to sign him for a transfer fee at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old has played his first five La Liga games for Barca and made a real impact in the first two games, contributing an assist in the games against Atletico Madrid and Espanyol. However, Traore hasn’t started a league game since February 27 and has only managed 48 minutes since mid-March.
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Ousmane Dembele is back in the fold and performing well, keeping Traore out of the squad and potentially denying him a permanent transfer to his boyhood club. Catalan outlet Sport, via Sport Witness, report that Traore’s lack of action in the 2-1 defeat to Mallorca on Sunday night left the former Aston Villa star disappointed.
Traore was ‘very upset’, it is claimed, but remains resolute and wants to prove to Xavi that he is worthy of staying beyond the summer. Barca president Joan Laporta has floated the idea of a swap deal for Francisco Trincao but the Portuguese winger has failed to impress Wolves and Molineux chiefs are unlikely to approve a deal. such agreement.
Traore is out of contract at the end of next season and there has been little movement on a new contract for him which means his value continues to decline. As things stand, he will leave Wolves next summer on a free transfer and could sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January in a deal that Bruno Lage’s side would not benefit from. .