‘Different class’ – Spurs boosted as Wolves chief lifts lid on winger’s exit

Lewis Oldham
Spurs target Adama Traore

Spurs have been boosted as Wolves technical director Scott Sellars has lifted the lid on Adama Traore’s January move to Barcelona.

In 2018, Wolves paid around £18m to sign Traore from their English rivals Middlesbrough.

In three-and-a-half years, he played over 150 times for Wolves across all competitions.

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Traore fell down the pecking order at the start of this campaign. He only started ten times in the Premier League up until the January transfer window.

Spurs were interested in him but he ended up signing for Barcelona on loan. The Spanish giants have an option to make the deal permanent for €30m.

It was reported last week that the Spanish giants are ‘unwilling’ to sign Traore for this fee.

Sellars is aware that Barcelona may “struggle” to pay €30m for the winger. This may open the door for Spurs to sign him instead.

With Traore out of contract in 2023, Wolves’ technical director acknowledges that they will “focus on helping the ones who want” to be at the club:

“He was offered a contract, wouldn’t sign it, so we have to look elsewhere. If a player doesn’t want to be here then I’d rather we focus on helping the ones that do want to be here,” Sellars said (quotes via The Mirror).

“There’s no obligation but there’s an option to buy. If Barcelona can struggle financially then that situation is across football at the moment. But we felt it was a great opportunity for Adama to play for Barcelona and be successful and promote himself.

“Adama didn’t want to sign a contract at Wolves, so it was the right deal for all parties. A good deal is a deal that is good for the club, good for the player and his agent and for the club he is going to.

“We had to look at the situation with Adama. He wasn’t playing every week and we had players returning from injury. We knew for a few weeks we would find it tough. But once we got the players back we’d be fine.

“You’ll never have the perfect scenario in every transfer and not every player will always be on the right contract or leaving at the right time. Adama has been offered a really good contract, he decided he didn’t want to stay and that’s his decision. That’s up to him and fair enough, we don’t fall out about it.

“Adama has always given everything he has, even when he’s turned down his contract he’s never waned from being at his maximum in training. As a human being he is different class, is well respected and well liked, but we have to respect that he doesn’t want to sign a new contract.”