Aston Villa are in pole position to sign Adama Traore from Barcelona but may have to make a sacrifice in order to land him.
Italian website Tuttomercatoweb report Barcelona are insisting on a buy-back clause be inserted into his Villa contract, not giving up hope of seeing the winger star for the Blaugruna in the future.
Spanish newspaper AS reported on Tuesday that Traore has opted to sign for Villa, despite the interest of Stoke City.
He was not named in Luis Enrique's pre-season squad, and wants to play regular football.
Traore has been at Barcelona since the age of eight, and made his debut in cup competition last season.
Tuttomercatoweb report the fee will be £7 million, with a further million potentially to be paid in add-ons.
Should Villa be worried about the buy-back option?
It is a slight concern, but the gamble is worth Villa taking to sign the winger.
The deal which saw Gerard Deulofeu sign for Everton from Barcelona earlier this summer also includes a buy back clause, with ESPN reporting it is only valid for the first two seasons of his contract, and means Barcelona must meet a set fee, as well as having first option if the Premier League side decide to sell.
One instance where they did use it, was regarding Bojan. He was sold to Barcelona in 2011, before the La Liga side exercised their option to bring him back to the club two years later, as reported by the Stoke Sentinel. After a year on loan at Ajax, he was eventually sold to Stoke City.