Everton are “keeping close tabs” on Adama Traore’s situation at Wolves while they contemplate making a £20m move, according to reports.
The Toffees narrowly avoided relegation after Frank Lampard replaced Rafael Benitez as manager in January.
It should be a busy transfer window at Goodison Park as they look to bring in new faces and keep hold of in-demand players such as Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
According to Football Insider, Wolves winger Traore is one of Lampard’s summer targets.
Everton ‘remain interested’ after initially eyeing the Spaniard up as a potential Richarlison replacement and are ‘keeping close tabs on his situation’.
Toffees director of football Kevin Thelwell is a fan of the player and brought him to Molineux for a club-record fee in 2018.
Wolves are reportedly open to selling this summer in order to raise funds for the transfer window. Traore is believed to be worth around £20m, which ‘should be enough to seal a deal’.
The 26-year-old winger spent the second half of this season on loan with Barcelona, who had the option to sign him permanently for £30m.
🤤 Of players that made more than 10 appearances in La Liga this season, only Adama Traore (5.7) completed more dribbles per 90 than Isco (4.7)
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 30, 2022
Despite a positive start at the Nou Camp, Traore fell down the pecking order under Xavi and the La Liga club opted against the permanent signing.
He provided four assists and failed to score in his 17 appearances for the Blaugrana.
News that Traore would return to Wolves at the end of 2021/22 was confirmed by transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Romano wrote on Twitter last month: “Barcelona won’t trigger the buy option clause for Adama Traore. It was included into loan deal from Wolves for €30m but Barca won’t spend big money on Adama as things stand.
“Traore’s out of contract in June 2023 with Wolves, his future will be decided soon.”
As well as Everton; Tottenham, Leeds and Newcastle are also linked with the Spain international.