It seems it’s that time of the year when clubs get to players from recently relegated sides and make them tempting offers to continue playing at the top level football.
That’s what Spanish side Real Betis are trying to do, according to El Gol Digital. And their target is Adama Traoré, who would become the ‘new Usain Bolt of La Liga’.
The outlet claims that Betis have no money for a transfer fee, especially considering that Middlesbrough paid €8.25m for the player last summer.
So the idea is to negotiate a loan deal. That’s a model which has been working for other Spanish sides, such as Celta de Vigo, who have Jozabed Sánchez from Fulham, and Deportivo La Coruña, who got Carles Gil from Aston Villa at the start of the season.
Traoré has some experience in Spain, playing for Barcelona’s youth teams, but only managed to make four official appearances for the club.
La Liga side Levante are said to be another club who are interested in signing the winger for the next season.
Middlesbrough would probably prefer a transfer fee if Traoré is to leave them this summer. But a loan could give the player a La Liga showcase, and allow Boro to take him back if they get promoted, or sell the player on next summer.