Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Adama Traore has reportedly become a transfer target for Italian club Napoli – but should Wolves sell him this summer?
The Birmingham Mail report that Napoli see Traore as another option should they be unable to seal a deal for PSV star Hirving Lozano.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise given the 23-year-old’s inability to nail down a regular place in manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans last season, with 21 of his 29 Premier League appearances coming from the substitutes bench.
However, the winger’s qualities are clear to see, with his raw pace and dribbling skills enough to scare any defender who has to face him.
His well-built frame also makes him physically strong, which helps both going forwards and defensively, and Traore also has the tenacity and willingness to ‘put himself about’ and get stuck into tackles.
Wolves clearly think he has potential given the fact they spent a then club-record fee of £18m to sign him from Middlesbrough last summer, but his lack of consistency will be of concern to manager Nuno Espirito Santo as they head into the Europa League.
Traore has another four years left on his contract with the Midlands club, so it would probably be worth rejecting any advances and keeping him at Molineux, especially given the fact that Napoli are interested in paying around £15m, £3m less than Wolves spent last summer.
That would give the Spaniard the chance to get a full pre-season under his belt and work at adding some consistent end product to his game, something that he has lacked throughout his career.
Should he be able to do that, the £18m transfer fee spent on the player will be a bargain. However, should he fail to improve, then the Molineux club may have to look at offloading him next summer.