Wolves presenter Dave Azzopardi has given his thoughts on Adama Traore and his future at the club ahead of the January transfer window.
The Spaniard’s tenure at the club has long been in doubt, not only because there were reports this past summer hinting that clubs might be looking to sign him, but also because of his contract situation.
He is set to enter the final 18 months of his deal when the upcoming transfer window rolls around, and even though reports suggest that negotiations have been going on since September, the two sides are no closer to coming to an arrangement.
A recent report in The Telegraph claims that Traore is still on the radar of Tottenham Hotspur ahead of January, and speaking on the latest episode of Talking Wolves Azzopardi, whilst offering his thoughts on how much the club might be able to get for him, believed that this might very well be the last chance Wolves will have in order to make a decent return on their initial investment in Traore.
He said: “Wolves would probably be after at least the amount of money they spent on him, which is about £18m – probably a little bit more, probably £20m-plus. But this is a player that’s only got 18 months left on his contract now. So this window really is the big one; if Wolves want to squeeze a little bit more money out of the clubs, this has got to be the window.”
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Azzopardi is probably right here, because when Traore’s contract enters its final 12 months next summer, it is highly unlikely that Wolves will be able to get as much value for him as they would have been able to in previous windows.
Given his record over the past two seasons, unless something drastic happens to turn his form around and make him look more appealing to other teams with his production, then it’s hard to see how his value could increase over the next few months.
So it comes down to a case of how much Wolves value Traore now and whether they can afford to keep hold of him for another six months to sort out a new deal or run the risk of possibly making a loss on him in the summer.