Tottenham may have been handed a boost in any potential pursuit of Adama Traore, with Sport reporting that Barcelona will not take up the option to sign the winger permanently this summer.
Traore was thought to be Spurs’ first-choice target for the right wing-back role in January but the pacy wide man allegedly snubbed the North Londoners’ approach in favour of a move to Barca (The Athletic).
The La Liga giants signed the winger on an initial loan deal, with an option to make the transfer permanent for £29m in the summer (Sky Sports).
However, the 26-year-old has failed to establish himself as a regular in Barca’s starting eleven since his January move.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta hinted earlier this month that the club’s difficult financial position might prohibit them from signing Traore permanently (via Fabrizio Romano).
If Sport’s latest update is to be believed, the Catalan giants have no intention of paying £29m to sign the Spain international from Wolves.
The report explains that while Xavi is happy with Traore’s influence in the dressing room, the Barca boss only sees the former Wolves man as a squad player.
It is alleged that the La Liga giants will thus not pay a big fee for the winger but they would consider a potential swap deal, with Francisco Trincao, who is on loan at Wolves from Barca, potentially going the other way.
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I can certainly see Spurs reigniting their interest in Traore in January, if reports that Conte views him as the ideal option for the right wing-back role, are true. We certainly need an upgrade in the position as it does not appear as if Emerson Royal has a future in North London.
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