FC Barcelona have signed Wolves forward Adama Traoré on loan until the summer of 2022 with a reported buy option of €30m plus bonuses. Barça will cover 100% of the salary until June of this year. The deal will be signed on Friday, January 28th, when the 26-year-old is scheduled to have his medicals as well. It will be a loan until the end of the season and there is enough salary margin to register him, as the player has taken a pay cut.
Bringing back the La Masia graduate has been on the cards since the summer of 2020, when the player was linked with a move back to the Camp Nou. From the club, they say that this transfer is only a short-term solution to Ansu Fati’s injury and Ousmane Dembele’s potential exit. Traoré almost completed his move to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur but it didn’t go through.
Adama Traoré hasn’t had the best of seasons this term in England. He started just half of the 20 games he played. He has scored just once in the league this term, there’s a clear lack of end product. The Spanish international has good ball control, and is physical as well, something Barcelona lack in the final third. His passing, finishing, and defensive contributions are not up to the mark.
But his stats are not more than underwhelming as he has just 0.1 goals per game, 0.9 key passes, 1.1 shots per game, and only three big chances created. His defensive numbers are also less than decent with 0.1 interceptions, 0.4 tackles, and 0.4 ball recoveries per game. He should be good in the air as he’s massive, but Traoré only has 0.8 (47%) of his aerial duels this season. He’s not good at holding the ball, and has poor decision making in the final third.
Barcelona always possess a goal threat from the wings which Adama Traoré does not provide at all. We’ll see if Xavi Hernandez can get the best out of him in six months. Moving back to the Camp Nou should serve as a confidence booster for Adama. But it remains to be seen. Adama Traoré will arrive in Barcelona on Friday, and his official presentation will take place on Monday.