Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reveals what it will take for Adama Traore to quit Wolves
Kevin Phillips is adamant Wolves would have no hesitation in selling Adama Traore if their £70million valuation for the player was matched this summer.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted it would be a “blow” to lose the 24-year-old after his meteoric rise this season.
As revealed by Football Insider the club value Traore at £70million – nearly four times the £18million fee they paid Middlesbrough for his services in 2018.
Liverpool are one of the clubs monitoring the situation having earmarked the winger as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane or Mohammed Salah if were either to leave.
Phillips balked at the Wanderers’ valuation of the player despite his “remarkable” improvement under Nuno Espirito Santo.
“There is still a lot to come from him,” he told Football Insider.
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“He has developed brilliantly this year. His pace is an attribute nobody in world football has got – unbelievable.
“He can still frustrate you when he gets into that final third so is he worth £70million? I do not think so. Wolves may be doing that because they do not want to lose the player. If someone offered £70million I am pretty sure Wolves would take it.
“It would be disappointing if he leaves because it has been a remarkable turnaround this season. He has developed well under the manager and taken everything on board that he has been told to do. It would be a blow to lose him.”
The Spanish speed merchant struggled when he first arrived in England, joining Aston Villa from Barcelona in January 2015.
However, the winger has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Enjoying his best season statistically with nine Premier League games to play and a Europa League run to complete.
Traore has six goals and 10 assists to his name in 43 appearances across all competitions.
In other Wolves news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider he can see left-footer at Molineux next year.