Liverpool are in negotiations to bring Barcelona starlet Adama Traore to the club on loan, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror cites speculation in the Spanish media that claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to add the 19-year-old winger to his ranks at Anfield, but faces competition from Bayern Munich as manager Pep Guardiola looks to be reunited with the former Spanish U19 international - who is expected to represent Mali in the future.
Buy or loan?
The newspaper goes on to claim that Traore is available for €15 million, but that discussions are taking place over a loan move to the Premier League.
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Despite featuring in the Copa del Rey last season, the versatile teenager - who can also play as a forward - has found first team opportunities hard to come by after making his La Liga debut during the 2013/14 campaign.
Predominantly spending his time with the Barca 'B' side, Traore was unable to prevent his side from suffering relegation to the third tier of football in Spain last season, although financial issues could see Elche take their place.
First team chances
Either way, the youngster will be hoping his time with the second team is coming to an end in Catalonia and senior chances at the Nou Camp or another club are soon to be forthcoming.
If Merseyside is his next destination, then Traore would be in good company following the arrival of seven new players this summer - including teenager Joe Gomez, Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino and Belgian hitman Christian Benteke.
Traore certainly wouldn't be guaranteed first team action if he joins Liverpool, but his chances are likely to be increased compared to current circumstances competing against the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
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