Wolves are poised to break their transfer record with the £18m capture of Middlesborough winger Adama Traore, according to reports in The Telegraph.
The newly promoted Premier League side have recently failed with a £12m bid for the Spain U21 international, and it is reported that Adama has an £18m release clause that could prove tempting to Nuno Espirito Santo and the Wolves hierarchy as they go in search of players capable of assisting in the retention of their Premier League status.
Adama made his name at Barcelona, having spent 10 years in their youth system, eventually progressing into the Barcelona ‘B’ team and making one first team appearance before departing for Aston Villa in 2015.
The Spaniard showed glimpses of greatness during his time in the Midlands, with then manager Tim Sherwood describing Adama as “a little bit of Messi and a little of bit of Ronaldo” as he arrived in B6, though Sherwood’s initial hype was not lived up to, as he departed the Midlands club having made just 11 appearances.
The glimpses he did show were enough for Middlesborough to indicate an interest in bringing the player north, and a swap deal involving Albert Adomah – a player who went on to have a significant impact in Villa’s 2017/18 campaign in which they progressed to the Championship play-off final – was sanctioned and the Spaniard moved to Teeside.
For Adama, an £18m move to Wolves would present a considerable opportunity for him to prove his worth in the Premier League, and Nuno will be keen to push this deal through before the deadline on August 9th.