Liverpool are reportedly closing in on a deal to land Barcelona winger Adama Traore, but they could face late competition from Aston Villa to sign the player.
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Villa to Beat Liverpool in Traore Chase
Tuesday, August 4
According to Marca (h/t Sport Witness) Aston Villa are currently the favourites to acquire the winger. The piece claims Tim Sherwood’s side will beat Stoke City, West Ham and Liverpool to bring Traore to Villa Park.
After losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph earlier this month, the club have looked to bring in plenty of young talent from the continent. In the Midlands, Traore would be afforded the game time he needs to develop, be part of a youthful squad and be playing for a manager who puts a strong emphasis on attacking football.
Traore Close to Liverpool Switch
Tuesday, August 4
According to Sport, the player flew to Liverpool on Monday to undergo a medical after training with his Barca B team-mates.
The piece also noted there is a “big doubt” over whether or not the youngster will be loaned to the Reds, signed on a permanent deal with a buy-back deal included or whether Liverpool have already triggered a release clause in the 19-year-old’s contract.
Here’s a look at why Adama is rated as one of the top stars in the current Barcelona youth setup:
Barcelona are in a tricky situation when it comes to young players like Traore. The club’s B team was relegated from the second tier of Spanish football last season and although their most exciting prospects would still get plenty of game time in Segunda B, the division is not of the standard required to appropriately test their talents.
The predicament could be to Liverpool’s benefit, it would seem. Sergi Dominguez thinks the Reds fanbase should be excited about this potential transfer:
The teenager certainly possesses all the qualities to excite supporters. Traore is a powerful runner, a silky dribbler and has a thunderous shot. As we can see here courtesy of OptaJose, Traore is a forward who loves to drive at opposition defences:
Indeed, such is his undeniable potential, for Barca to lose the player on a permanent deal would represent a substantial blow, especially for a club renowned for putting a major emphasis on youth development.
If Traore was to move to Merseyside, it’d be intriguing to see what kind of role he’d play at the club. After all, the Reds have plenty of attacking talent in place already and it’s tough to see how Brendan Rodgers could give the winger first-team minutes this season. But if Liverpool were to get him in on a permanent deal, in a couple of years, they’d have a serious talent on their hands.