Adama Traore is being linked with an exit from Wolves last summer, with the winger having spent the second half of last season out on loan.
The 26-year-old is expected to leave having failed to nail down a regular spot in Bruno Lage’s side, with Traore unable to turn his raw speed and athleticism into consistent end product at Molineux.
His unique skillset is likely to attract suitors however, who will be prepared to gamble on coaxing the best from the marauding wideman.
So for those of you who like to follow the latest soccer betting odds, we decided to look at the bookmakers’ five favourites to sign Adama Traore from Wolves this summer.
Chelsea – 14/1
Chelsea have been credited with a past interest in Traore and could potentially renew their interest should the winger become available for a reasonable fee.
Thomas Tuchel has been linked with adding further depth at right wing-back, a position in which Traore has featured for Wolves and one which appears ideally suited to a footballing enigma who has failed to maximise the most from his gifts.
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 3, 2022
Traore has all the attributes to thrive as a roaming wing-back, or further forward, and his pace and power would provide a different physical profile to Chelsea’s current wide options.
Barcelona – 12/1
Traore signed on loan for Barcelona during the second half of last season, returning to the club where he came through the ranks.
The Spaniard graduated from Barcelona’s La Masia system but made just four senior appearances for the Catalans, before departing for England in search of regular minutes.
Last season he returned on loan to provide depth, but faded after a bright start and provided just two assists in 11 league appearances.
Barcelona’s business has been focused elsewhere so far this summer with Xavi’s side odds of 12/1 to bring Traore back on a permanent basis.
Leeds – 8/1
Leeds have been linked with a move to sign Traore, as the club consider right-sided replacements for Raphinha.
Traore – who has just a year remaining on his current contract at Molineux – could be available for as little as £10m, according to Football Insider, and would represent a Premier League proven option to add to Leeds’ squad.
Jesse Marsch’s side have been among the Premier League’s biggest spenders this summer as the club look to combat the loss of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, with a cut-price move for Traore potentially providing depth and dynamism to the Leeds side.
Tottenham – 6/1
Antonio Conte was reportedly interested in signing Traore during the January transfer window, before the winger chose a return on loan to Barcelona.
Conte’s best teams have been built on pace and purpose from wing-back with Traore’s attributes an ideal fit for the demands the Italian places on his wide players.
Spurs, however, have a number of options at right wing-back following the arrival of Djed Spence, with Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal having fulfilled the role last season and Lucas Moura tested in the position during the club’s pre-season campaign.
Departures appear to be required before Spurs could launch a move to sign a long-term target.
Everton – 3/1
Everton are the 3/1 favourites to sign Traore this summer, as Frank Lampard looks to rebuild his squad on a cut-price budget.
Traore’s reported availability for just £10m makes him an appealing option for the Toffees, who have also offered a contract to free agent Jesse Lingard as Lampard looks for cost-efficient methods of strengthening his squad.
If you don't enjoy three minutes of Adama Traore beating his man over and over, this isn't the sport for you.
— Wolves (@Wolves) June 23, 2021
Everton are in need of a replacement for Richarlison, but Traore’s lack of end product will be a concern given the former finished as the club’s leading scorer last season.
Traore – who can be unplayable when at his best – has scored just 11 goals in 154 appearances for Wolves and averaged a goal contribution every 360 minutes in all competitions last season.