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Exclusive – Adama Traore is the subject of new Leeds United interest, with his future uncertain at Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of the January transfer window.
Traore, who impressed in the Premier League last season, has yet to put a new contract in writing at Molineux, despite the fact that a deal was closed at one stage, and he is struggling to stay fit so far this season. He has failed to record a goal or assist in 15 total appearances in all competitions.
90min revealed in November that the wolves were getting increasingly annoyed when Traore hadn’t written about an extension. The club believed that an agreement had almost been reached and that only small details remained to be worked out, but as it stands, the talks have completely stalled.
Traore is eager to play first-team soccer as there is still a strong chance that he could be included in the Spain squad for the delayed European Championship next summer, having been called up for the October international break and November in recent months.
90min he learned that Traore is now considering leaving the Wolves to make sure he’s getting regular action, and becoming a key player at Leeds could be an ideal solution for him.
Leeds could soon receive another £ 50m into the club as the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers seek closer ties and are poised to increase their current stake from 10% to 25%.
The 49ers owners, having entered into a partnership with Leeds in 2018 for their initial stake, have been seeking a controlling stake since the summer when 90min revealed before anyone else that there was interest in buying the current property Andrea Radrizzani.
Leeds are not the only club interested in Traore as he is being followed by a host of teams, but Elland Road coach Marcelo Bielsa is a particular admirer of the 24-year-old, as is the football director. from Leeds, Victor Orta.
Traore is extremely grateful for Orta, who previously served in a similar role at Middlesbrough, and credits the executive with resurrecting his career by making the move to Riverside Stadium in 2016 a possibility after a disappointing stint at Aston Villa.
The former Barcelona youth made the move to the Wolves in 2018 following a raise of around £ 18 million. But if the Wolves are to sell in January, they could demand that Leeds or other suitors pay more than double, pushing any possible transfers toward the £ 40 million mark.
However, it is still much lower than the original valuation in the range of £ 70 million that had been given to the player during the previous year, where players like Liverpool and Manchester City were monitoring the Spaniard.