Barcelona may not be able to afford a permanent move for loan star Adama Traore, club president admits
Adama Traore’s potential move to Barcelona could be overruled by their financial situation, club president Joan Laporta has admitted.
The winger has impressed since being loaned out by Wolves in January and the Spanish giants are keen to exercise a clause in his loan deal and make the £29.1m move permanent sterling.
But as reported by AthleticLaporta conceded that arranging the finances for a transfer would be difficult.
He said: “Adama has Barca DNA, he is one of the best strikers in the world, he is fast. We would like Adama Traore to stay here, it is possible, but we are in a financial situation. difficult. We will see at the end of the season.
Referring to veteran full-back Dani Alves, 38, who has agreed a short-term contract until the end of the season, Laporta added: “There are options for them to stay.”
“With Dani, it’s easier and with Adama, it will be possible even if it’s an economic issue. We’ll see what we can do!
Barcelona may not be able to afford a permanent move for loan star Adama Traore
The on-loan Wolves winger has impressed since joining the Premier League in January
But club chairman Joan Laporta admitted the ‘difficult financial situation’ could hamper a move
Speedy winger Traore, 26, spent 11 years at Barcelona as a youngster, making a few first-team appearances, before spells with Premier League sides Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Wolves marked him out as a talent unique in English football.
The Spaniard has performed well since returning to Camp Nou, especially on his second debut against Atletico Madrid, where he played 61 minutes and provided an assist for Gavi to make it 2-0 as the Xavi’s team triumphed 4-2.
In the next six games, Traore started four and came off the bench twice, with the club unbeaten in that time – including progressing to the Europa League round of 16 at the expense of Napoli among four wins and two draws .
He has already registered four assists in seven appearances, which puts him third in the club’s assists chart despite arriving at the end of the January transfer window.
Despite the club’s huge debt, the club are believed to be confident they can land striker Erling Haaland this summer, although it could take over £200million in transfer fees and wages combined to complete the deal.
The Borussia Dortmund hotshot is set to leave this summer, with Real Madrid and Manchester City also in the running to sign him.
Despite this, Barcelona are said to be convinced that they can seduce Erling Haaland this summer
Coverage for Wednesday’s edition of Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo suggests Haaland will cost Barcelona over £200million in transfer fees and then heaps of wages over several years.
Diario Sport say signing Haaland ‘is possible’ for Barcelona and cite same overall cost
His release clause is around £64m, but the Norwegian would also demand massive wages on a multi-year contract – and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim Haaland will cost up to £208m in total, City being better placed to get it.
But the headline of Wednesday’s edition of Diario Sport reads “It’s possible!” with a photo of Haaland and claim that Barcelona ‘seduced’ Haaland with his ‘sporting project’ and also predicted the same transfer fee.
The club are also close to signing Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen
The reports came after Barcelona president Joan Laporta denied that negotiations were already underway to sign Haaland.
The 21-year-old reportedly had a meeting with Xavi in Munich last week but the Catalan giants’ president was quick to deny other rumours.
In an interview with Barca TV on Monday, Laporta added: “I can’t say anything because his price will go up.” We plan to strengthen all our lines. We work. We will make economic decisions to promote sports issues. Every player wants to come to Barça.’
Signing Haaland would surely limit the club’s ability to move to other targets, especially if they involve paying a transfer fee.
Barcelona are reportedly close to signing Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen on a free transfer, however, offering the Danish center a £5m-a-year half-contract.