Barcelona ’emerge as suitors’ for Liverpool target – club ‘ready to sell’

Date published: Tuesday 16th November 2021 6:45 - Lewis Oldham

Barcelona linked Adama Traore

Barcelona have “emerged as suitors” for Wolves winger Adama Traore, who has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, according to reports.

Traore came through the academy at Barcelona but he only played four times for them between 2013 and 2015.

The winger has spent the rest of his career in England as he has had spells at Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Wolves.

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The Spain international enjoyed his best season on a personal level in 2019/20. He was involved in 13 goals in the Premier League as Wolves finished seventh in the table.

Liverpool have been consistently linked with Traore over the past couple of months. 

90 min are reporting that Barcelona have now “emerged as suitors” to sign Traore. Wolves do not want the price for the attacker to drop below £30m.

This makes Liverpool’s chances of signing him unlikely, as their valuation of him is lower than £30m. Traore has around 18 months left on his current contract and Wolves are “ready to sell” him.

Elsewhere, Steve McManaman has suggested that Liverpool-linked Karim Adeyemi would be a “shot in the dark”:

“He’s very raw isn’t he? It’s like when Jeremy Doku came on for Belgium during the Euros. When he played for ten minutes and was then immediately linked with a move to Liverpool.

“It’s just because both players are young, fit, dribblers who match the profile of the players that Liverpool like to sign.

“Liverpool have a good relationship with the Red Bull clubs, which is a really good breeding ground for them and they trust the type of players that come out of that system. Adeyemi is 19, very inexperienced but is playing high quality football.

“However, it’s a bit of a shot in the dark. Liverpool may as well stump up the money for the almost finished article rather than target the unknown. But Liverpool already have players in their academy that show plenty of promise.

“If Liverpool have the money then they’re better off going for Erling Haaland because he’s already proven and it will be worth it in the long run. Some young players play well over a short period and then all of a sudden they’re worth £50 million, when their true value is £15 million. It’s the selling club trying to make as much as possible out of a player.

“Nowadays when Liverpool want to sign a player then they won’t solely consider what they do on the football pitch. They’ll speak to the player’s family, friends and agents to make sure they know what this player is like. They don’t just sign the player but they sign the whole person.”

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