Tottenham believe they were used as a ‘bargaining chip’ in the Adama Traore transfer saga as they feel he was always keen on joining Barcelona once their interest was registered, according to the Mirror.
Spurs had a long-standing interest in bringing the Wolves winger to North London and saw a £15 million bid rejected by the Midlands side over a week ago (The Telegraph).
However, Traore’s former employers Barcelona swooped in and prevented Spurs from signing the Spaniard, securing a loan deal until the end of the season with an option to buy for £29 million (Sky Sports).
Despite Tottenham allegedly having confidence that a deal would materialise for the 25-year-old (The Guardian), the Mirror suggests Antonio Conte’s side believe they were used by both Wolves and Barca to speed up a deal.
The report states the La Liga side’s interest will have undoubtedly influenced Traore’s decision and he would not have thought twice about a move to the Nou Camp over Spurs.
Traore came through Barcelona’s youth set-up and made his debut for the club at age 17 before departing for Aston Villa in 2015.
Spurs Web Opinion
This was a tough deal for Spurs who had virtually had everything in line for Traore to arrive, but Barcelona influenced the deal. Unfortunately, there was only ever going to be one place where he was going to go, as he will ultimately consider this move as unfinished business.
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