Liverpool have not ruled out the possibility of signing Wolves winger Adama Traore in the near future, according to reports. The Spain international has played in all but one of his side’s Premier League matches this season but has been struggling to replicate his usually prolific form as of late.
Traore has managed just one assist during the current campaign, and is still yet to find the back of the net for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
In contrast, he had already registered four goals and four assists by this time last season.
Traore’s attacking responsibilities have largely been fulfilled by Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto, who have contributed seven goals between them this season.
The Spaniard’s muted recent showings have led to speculation that he could be set to leave Molineux this month in order to boost his chances of being selected to play at Euro 2020 this summer.
However, it has emerged that both clubs could face competition from Liverpool, who have reignited their interest in Traore according to Spanish outlet Sport.
The Reds were reportedly tracking the 24-year-old last season before Wolves slapped a huge price tag, said to be in excess of £130million, on their star man.
However, as a result of his subdued performances this season, the west Midlands club are now willing to accept a cut-price fee of around £35m.
Traore is contracted to Wolves until the summer of 2023.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed his admiration for the winger in January last year after Roberto Firmino’s late goal secured a narrow victory over a spirited Wolves side at Molineux.
Traore enjoyed a terrific game, claiming the assist for Raul Jimenez’s second-half strike.
“He is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable,” Klopp told reporters after the final whistle. “What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good.”
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will submit a formal bid for Traore between now and the end of the month.
It seems likely that any potential approach may be put on hold until the summer, with the Reds keen to add defensive reinforcements to aid their current injury crisis.
However, Klopp suggested while speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month that it will be difficult to make signings amid the financial effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“I don’t know exactly how it is at other clubs, but we have to be really cautious and very serious, and so I don’t know what we can and what we can’t do,” he said.