Wolves podcaster Dave Azzopardi has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of winger Adama Traore potentially leaving Molineux this summer for a move to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.
After it was recently reported by Football Insider that Liverpool have supposedly told Wolves that they would be willing to pay £25 million to sign Traore this summer, Azzopardi had this to say on the matter. (9:13)
He said: “Many, many fans think this is way too low a figure, I personally think it’s too low as well.
“Wolves paid about £18 million for him anyway when he was in the Championship, came up with us to the Premier League, we signed him that season we got promoted. But you’ve bought a player for £18 million, he’s now got three full seasons worth of experience at Premier League level.
“As a player, he’s matured and got better, does that mean he’s only £6m or £7 million more? No, no chance and I think he’s worth more than that, I’d be asking for at least £35m, £40 million for Adama Traore.”
Wolves signed Traore back in August 2018 from Middlesbrough for a fee of £18 million as Azzopardi mentioned in the video.
Since then, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £27 million, has made 131 appearances for the Midlands club across all competitions in which he has managed to score 10 goals and provide 18 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Dave Azzopardi’s comments on Traore…
Given how Traore ended the 2020/21 Premier League season as Wolves’ joint-highest rated player alongside Pedro Neto with an overall rating of 7.11/10 for his performances according to WhoScored, it’s understandable why Azzopardi thinks the reported fee of £25 million that Liverpool have supposedly said they’d be willing to pay for the Spaniard this summer isn’t suitable.
Is £25 million a fair price for Traore?
With reports coming back in November that Traore’s negotiations with the club over a contract extension had reached a deadlock, it will be intriguing to see if the winger ends up signing a new deal before his current contract expires in 2023.
In our view, unless a club offers Wolves a substantial transfer fee for Traore, then the club should try their hardest to keep him at Molineux for as long as possible.