Wolverhampton Wanderers have decided they ‘will not exercise’ their option on Barcelona youngster Trincao, putting Adama Traore’s future at the Nou Camp in doubt.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say Wolves’ decision ‘makes it more difficult’ for Traore to continue in Spain.
The winger joined Barcelona on loan until the end of the season and has been a big hit under Xavi, albeit with the caveats that have followed him everywhere, namely his lack of end product.
The ‘brilliant start’ had made it look like he would be staying permanently, but if the final decision was to be made today, that would not be the case.
Apart from the sporting reasons that can be put forwards, his future is ‘closely linked’ to what happens with Trincao, who is only at Wolves from Barcelona.
He’s struggled to establish himself under Bruno Lage this season, and it seems a decision has now been made not to exercise the option they have in his loan deal.
That leaves Traore stuck as Barcelona were ‘contemplating’ the idea of swapping the two players at the end of the season.
If that can’t happen, Barcelona would have to pay €30m to sign Traore, and that’s not going to happen as they have ‘other objectives right now’.
In other words, it is not a ‘priority’ for the club to keep him permanently if they have to make ‘financial sacrifices’ for them to do so.
At the minute, there has been ‘no definitive decision’ on Traore, and he does have time to change the opinion at the club, but Wolves’ decision not to activate Trincao’s clause makes it less likely to happen.