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Report: 'Talismanic' star is keen on joining Spurs, but his agent wants to take him to Barcelona

Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with Adama Traore in recent weeks.

Indeed, Spurs appear to have made a lot of progress towards signing the Wolves ace.

Sky Sports reported on Tuesday afternoon that Spurs were closing in on a £20m deal for Traore.

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Spurs reportedly had a bid of £15m rejected last week. Wolves apparently value Traore £25m.

The report claimed there was an expectation a compromise fee could be reached by Monday’s transfer deadline.

However, Tottenham could face late competition from Barcelona for Traore’s services.

Several reports from Spain have linked the Molineux man with the Camp Nou.

AS has claimed that Barca are eyeing the reported Spurs target as an alternative to Alvaro Morata.

Meanwhile, Sport has reported that Jorge Mendes, Traore’s agent, ‘has once again insisted on the signing with the aim of advancing events’.

The outlet also touches upon the good relationship Mendes enjoyes with Wolves.

Mendes is reportedly proposing is a loan with a mandatory purchase option at the end of the season and a four-year contract for Traore.

The 25-year-old apparently ‘gave the go-ahead’ to join Barca over the Christmas period, and they’re now considering it.

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Earlier today, Fabrizio Romano admitted that the Traore to Spurs negotiations were “particular”.

“Adama is a player they have on a list – I’m sure he’s still in Tottenham’s ideas,” he said on the Matt Hayes – Tottenham Blog YouTube channel.

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“The problem is they don’t want to pay 25-27m euros for a player whose contract runs until 2023 and doesn’t want to extend his contract with Wolves at the moment.

“This is why on Tottenham’s side they want to pay the right money – 17-18m euros.”

Romano did also say that “Adama will be happy to join (Spurs), he knows all about Conte.

“This is an important point, he’s always been tempted by this chance of working with Antonio Conte.”

However, this evening’s reports are worrying to say the least.

Traore, a player who peers and journalists have previously called “talismanic“, “undefendable” and “unbelievable“, is a key target for Tottenham.

It would be great to see how Conte can turn him into a world-class wing-back as he did with Achraf Hakimi.

But with Barca now in the picture and Mendes reportedly pushing for his client to join them, things could get tense for Spurs fans.

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