Liverpool are close to securing the transfer of Barcelona winger Adama Traore, with the youngster set to travel to Merseyside to complete a medical.
According to reports in today’s edition of Spanish newspaper Sport, relayed by the Liverpool Echo, a deal isn’t all that far away from being completed.
Rodgers' move for Traore
Brendan Rodgers is believed to be an admirer of Traore’s talents, and his side’s recent relegation hasn’t left Luis Enrique impressed in the slightest.
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Of course we’re talking about the Barca B team, who Traore has turned out for as he continues his development. Last season the Catalan reserves were relegated to the third tier of Spanish football, and as a result Enrique isn’t keen on promoting a series of players to his senior side.
Cue rumours that Liverpool are preparing to take advantage of the situation in an effort to land Traore, who is reportedly also keen on a switch.
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Strong competition at Barca
In truth that’s not too hard to believe given how difficult it is to break into Barca’s first-team. Even if Pedro completes a transfer to Manchester United this summer, as expected, there’s still a number of players standing in the way of Traore’s path to Enrique’s squad, and a move to Liverpool would give him the chance to fight for a first-team place.
Indeed Raheem Sterling’s integration into the Liverpool fold, and his subsequent rise to fame, has offered evidence that Rodgers is prepared to place his faith in youth if he deems them good enough.
One would imagine if he’s prepared to spend money on Traore then he certainly believes he’s good enough.
More options for Rodgers
Primarily a right-winger by trade, the Spaniard’s arrival would give the Reds more options out wide. The likes of Adam Lallana and James Milner will offer Rodgers width where he needs it, whilst it’s been said recently that he is planning on using Daniel Sturridge as a supporting act on the flank, with Christian Benteke through the middle.
Traore might not instantly command a position ahead of any of those players in the pecking order, but he’d make for a useful backup and may well relish the chance of impressing Rodgers.
Liverpool fans, do you think a deal for Traore is possible? Let us know what you think on the matter in the comments box below.