Date: 24th June 2020 at 3:41pm
Written by: Cristian Penfold

Nuno Espirito Santo admitted to Sky Sports that he doesn’t know whether Adama Traore will stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United among others, but he still has three years left on his deal and hasn’t made a public desire to leave Wolves.

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Ahead of Wolves’ meeting with Bournemouth, Nuno said on Traore’s future: “I don’t know. He is here now and he has trained well today and he is ready to (play against the Cherries). It is day by day, no speculation, and (we) just focus on what we have to do and prepare for Bournemouth.”

Traore has made 44 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring six goals and making 11 assists. In 29 Premier League games, he’s created 39 chances, made 149/199 successful dribbles, whipped in 32/146 crosses, taken 34 shots, won 63 free-kicks and averaged a tackle (32) or interception (12) every 48 minutes.

Wolves paid £18m for the 24-year-old in 2018 and has gone on to become one of the best natural wingers in Europe. Traore hasn’t even reached his peak either, so he’d surely cost a tidy sum to sign. The Spaniard is one of the best in one-on-one situations and has been lethal with his end product this season, so why would Nuno let him go willingly?

Clubs may enquire about his availability, but Wolves have no obligation to cash in. Traore signed a five-year deal in 2018, so they hold all the cards with the negotiations.

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