Report: Barcelona want Aston Villa's Adama Traore back

Aston Villa could struggle to keep Adama Traore amid reported interest from former club Barcelona.

Barcelona are reportedly keen on re-signing Aston Villa winger Adama Traore, according to Spanish publication Fichajes.

The 20-year-old starlet joined the Villans under manager Tim Sherwood - who was sacked in October - for a reported £7 million (BBC), but a lack of form and fitness has made his first season in England one to forget unfortunately.

This afternoon's visit of Chelsea is the first game in the post-Remi Garde era after the Frenchman was fired on Tuesday, and Traore, coming back from a three-month absence through a broken foot, is expected to be given some sort of role by caretaker manager Eric Black.

But if the Catalans get their way, Traore is in the twilight of his Villa career as Fichajes report that coach Luis Enrique is keen on bringing him back to Camp Nou, having had no use for the youngster in the short term last summer.

The report goes on to claim that Barca would have included a buy-back clause in his initial Villa contract, which they plan to activate.

By virtue of his spell in England, coupled with the fact Villa - 12 points adrift of safety - are on the brink of relegation into the Championship, Traore might not need a whole lot of convincing, though first-team chances are limited in Catalunya due to the trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez being so devastating.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch