Wolverhampton Wanders’ Adama Traoré returned to Barcelona on a loan deal with an option to buy towards the end of the winter market.

The winger had a bright start to his second spell with the Catalan club, managing four assists from his first five matches.

This saw suggestions that Barca will buy the Wolves owned player, either by paying €30m to the English club or as part of a swap deal involving Francisco Trincão. The latter is currently on loan with Bruno Lage’s side from Barcelona.

Traoré failed to score a goal or register an assist in the last 10 matches and was restricted to only 63 minutes of action in the last eight league games. AS now state Xavi Hernández is ‘gradually losing confidence’ in the Spain international.

It’s said the Wolves attacker’s ‘sparkling start’ has now ‘faded’. Therefore, his continuity at the Camp Nou is ‘no longer a priority’ for the La Liga side.

The newspaper even states he and Dani Alves are the ‘weak link’ in the La Liga side’s squad and their ‘future is not clear’. 

Barcelona value Traoré’s contribution to the club but will not ‘make the effort to retain’ him. Traoré ‘will have a hard time’ changing the club’s stance in the remaining fixtures of this season and therefore, his ‘continuity’ with Xavi’s side remains ‘difficult’.