Leeds: Orta will 'push' for 'unplayable' £18m star at Elland Road

Leeds United's director of football Victor Orta

Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is a “huge fan” of Wolves winger Adama Traore, says journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Spaniard is once again being linked with a move to Elland Road, and O’Rourke says Orta will do all he can to finally bring him to the Yorkshire club.

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What is the latest news involving Traore?

According to Football Insider, Leeds have made an approach to sign Traore this summer.

The 26-year-old spent the second half of last season out on loan at Barcelona, who have a £29m buy option, but with the Spanish side in the middle of a financial crisis, a permanent deal is not viable right now.

It means a move to Jesse Marsch’s side could be a possibility, with Football Insider claiming that Wolves are ready to sell for £18m.

This is not the first time there has been talk about Traore potentially joining Leeds. Last year, 90min claimed that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to bring him to the club when he was still manager.

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What has O’Rourke said about Traore to Leeds?

O’Rourke has told GIVEMESPORT that Traore is definitely a player Leeds and Orta will pursue this summer.

Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “Victor Orta, the Leeds United head of recruitment, is a huge fan of Adama Traore having previously worked with him at Middlesbrough and has been chasing him for a long time, so it’s a deal that he will definitely try and push over the line.”

Will Leeds finally get their man?

After last season, Traore’s stock has fallen quite a bit. He was not amazing at Wolves, where he scored just one goal before heading off to Barcelona.

At the Camp Nou, the Spain international was not that great either, failing to score at all for Xavi’s side. Considering that, there may be a good opportunity here for Leeds to snap him up, as it is hard to imagine there being too many suitors given the above.

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Of course, goalscoring has never been Traore’s strongest attribute. His dribbling is probably what caught the attention of clubs that have shown an interest in him in the past.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp once described him as “unplayable” because of that ability to get past players, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has compared the former Middlesbrough man to a motorcycle due to his pace.

Nevertheless, it would not be a surprise if Leeds got a free run at Traore this transfer window and finally landed him.

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