Exclusive: Liverpool set sights on PL 24-yr-old to replace Mane or Salah
Liverpool are eyeing a summer move for Adama Traore in case they lose either Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, Football Insider can reveal.
The Wolves winger, 24, has taken his game to a new level this season and developed into one of the most exciting players in the Premier League.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club’s recruitment team have placed Traore on their shortlist of attacking targets as they assess potential wide forward options.
Scouts and data analysts reporting to sporting director Michael Edwards have delivered rave reviews of Traore’s performances this season.
His profile also fits that of the super-quick, technically gifted and mobile forwards demanded by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Interest in Traore comes after Football Insider reported earlier this week that Real Madrid are working on a blockbuster swoop for Mane this summer.
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Liverpool have no interest in selling Mane, but the level of interest from the Spanish giants is an increasing concern.
The Premier League champions-elect privately fear that Mane or Salah are the two most likely of their first team regulars to leave.
Traore struggled to make an impression at Wolves in his debut season following his summer of 2018 transfer for a then club-record £18million.
But he has added end product and greater potency to his explosive speed and outstanding athleticism to provide Wolves with a real cutting edge on the right flank.
Traore has made 22 league starts among 43 appearances in all competitions for the Midlands outfit in this campaign, scoring six times and supplying 10 assists.
Traore first moved to England in January 2015, when he joined Aston Villa from Barcelona.
The former Spain Under-21 international subsequently joined Middlesbrough in the summer of 2016 and spent two years at the north-east outfit.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has told Michael Edwards to get done a massive deal that is now his ‘number one’ summer priority.