Liverpool and Leeds United dealt blows as rumoured £34.4m target Adama Traore re-opens contract talks
According to The Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers have re-opened discussions with Adama Traore over a new contract for the rumoured Liverpool and Leeds United target.
The Spanish speedster’s negotiations with Wolves were shelved after he refused to sign a new deal in November, feeling that the terms presented did not reflect his true value.
There was no rush from either side to get a deal agreed as Traore is under contract through to 2023, but both Wolves and the player have a desire to settle on terms that would extend his stay in the West Midlands.
That desire has seen Wolves re-open discussions with Traore, but a strong impasse remains in place as the Molineux outfit believe they are in a strong position and are unlikely to raise their previous offer by much.
Traore is eager to become one of Wolves’ top-earners, with Spotrac figures showing the 25-year-old currently ranks as the 10th best-paid player on a £43,000-per-week deal while Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio earn £100k-p/w.
Wolves re-opening discussions with Traore and potentially agreeing to pay the former Barcelona prospect what he feels he deserves will come as a blow to Liverpool and Leeds, who have previously been touted as potential suitors.
Spanish publication Sport suggested in January that Liverpool and Manchester City were keen but that Leeds were considered to be the main destination for the winger, who Wolves value at €40million (£34.4m) given the two years remaining on his current contract.
Journalist Dean Jones also told the Touchline Talk podcast in March that Leeds have been monitoring Traore’s situation all season, with a view to putting together a deal that would see Marcelo Bielsa’s side land the five-cap Spain international.
Wolves breaking the deadlock and moving to agree on a new contract with Traore will certainly come as a blow to Leeds and Liverpool given their rumoured interest, as it would likely take the forward out of contention for a transfer this summer without either paying a very lucrative sum.
Traore is starting to rediscover the form displayed last season that warranted Leeds to begin monitoring his situation, having now scored twice and offered two assists in his last seven Premier League appearances after providing just a single goal involvement in his previous 28.
He was a much more influential presence under Nuno Espirito Santo last term with four goals and nine assists in 37 games – including scoring a match-winning brace at Man City, plus his side’s first goal in a 3-2 win over Pep Guardiola’s team at Molineux.
If Traore can end the season on a high against Everton on Wednesday night and then at home to Manchester United on Sunday, it could be enough for Leeds or Liverpool to reignite their interest but also be the final piece of evidence Wolves need to pay him what he wants.
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