Report: Stoke hold talks with Barcelona's Adama Traore, meeting with Mark Hughes scheduled

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Stoke City have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Barcelona star Adama Traore.

According to a report in the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona star Adama Traore will hold talks with Stoke City directors tonight before meeting boss Mark Hughes on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old winger has featured predominantly for the Barcelona B side in recent years, showing huge promise with his fabulous ball control and sublime dribbling abilities.

With the route to the first-team a difficult bridge to cross, a loan move aboard has been sounded out for Traore and the Spanish-born winger seems to be on board with the idea.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are among the leading candidates to take him with the Villains looking to make yet more additions to their squad this summer.

However, fresh reports from Spain claim Stoke will have the opportunity to move ahead of their rivals as they open talks with the player and schedule him to meet with boss Mark Hughes on Wednesday.

Why Stoke City hold the advantage:

Stoke represent a good move for Traore considering their Premier League status and the recent influx of fellow former Barcelona players in their squad.

Should the Spanish U19 international join the Potters, he will be reunited with a number of familiar faces such as Bojan Krkic, Marc Muniesa and their latest acquisition Ibrahim Afellay.

Mark Hughes’ men have been on the lookout for that major signing this summer and Traore could be that player, providing he keeps his mind open and pushes hard to realise his potential.

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