Fabio Paratici sought to reunite Nuno Espirito Santo with Adama Traore at Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but the forward’s future is increasingly likely to be with Wolves.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who report Traore is edging ever closer to signing a new contract at Molineux. The West Midlands outfit want to conclude negotiations soon and are ready to make the Spaniard one of their top-earners.
Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho currently top the wage bill in the Black Country on deals worth around £100k-a-week. Almost double what Traore presently earns, with the 25-year-old banking about £55k-p/w on terms expiring in the summer of 2023.
Wolves are reluctant to let Traore enter the final year of his contract to avoid him leaving for free following interest from Tottenham. Nuno was desperate to reunite with the winger in north London after leaving Molineux and replacing Jose Mourinho this summer.
Paratici held talks with the Molineux hierarchy over a potential deal for the eight-cap star, yet refused to pay £50m. Spurs’ Managing Director instead suggested a loan that would have become permanent next year, but failed to tempt Wolves.
Traore has since become a key man for Bruno Lage with minutes in all eight fixtures under the Wolves boss. He is also now on the verge of signing a new deal to commit his future to the club. Likely ending Nuno’s hopes of reuniting with Traore at Tottenham at some stage.
Should Tottenham have signed Traore from Wolves this summer?
Wolves immediately rejected Tottenham’s attempts to sign Traore on loan this summer and moved swiftly to agree a new contract. He seems to have decided that his future is at Molineux, too, with a new deal close to being signed.
Traore will disappoint Nuno by selecting a new Wolves contract over a move to Tottenham. The Portuguese is a huge admirer of his former star forward, who has enjoyed a promising start to the season. Although he is still without a goal or assist over his appearances so far.
“There are a lot of things that Adama has improved. He is unique,” Nuno said of Traore in March, via the Express and Star. “The moment me, him and his teammates realise how good Adama can be, I hope I will be here to see it. He is unique and very special. It’s his personality, character and heart, he’s a very nice boy. A very nice human being.”