Report: Barcelona winger Adama Traore will enter Aston Villa negotiations imminently

Barcelona winger Adama Traore is reportedly set to hold talks with Aston Villa.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona winger Adam Traore has been given permission to speak to Aston Villa and Stoke City as well as Liverpool.

Reports from Catalan-based newspaper Sport suggested on Monday that Traore was travelling to Merseyside to undergo a medical with Liverpool ahead of a proposed move to Anfield.

However, Mundo Deportivo now report that Traore has arrived in England for talks with a number of clubs, not just Liverpool - with Aston Villa and Stoke City also set for negotiations with the teenager in the coming days.

Traore, 19, has come up through the ranks at Barcelona's famous La Masia academy, but has made just four first team appearances for Barcelona, spending most of his time with the Barcelona B side.

With aspirations higher than that, Traore now looks set to leave the Catalan giants this summer, though it isn't clear whether that would be a permanent or loan exit.

Villa ended last season playing a narrow midfield diamond, and the arrivals of Jordan Veretout and Idrissa Gueye to replace the outgoing Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph suggests that manager Tim Sherwood could stick with that system.

Yet with Scott Sinclair and Jack Grealish also capable of playing out wide, Sherwood has the flexibility to play with wingers too, and Adama Traore would offer him blistering pace and superb dribbling ability in the final third.

Villa have competition for Traore's signature, but the Barcelona youngster would be a huge coup for Sherwood in what has been a busy summer transfer window at Villa Park.

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