What’s the story?
According to journalist Peter O’Rourke who spoke with GiveMeSport, Leeds director of footballer Victor Orta is a huge fan of Traore and will do all he can to bring him to Elland Road this summer.
O’Rourke explained how Orta has previously worked with Traore when he was at Middlesbrough, and that he has been chasing him for a long time.
The Spaniard spent the second half of last season on loan at FC Barcelona, so perhaps Wolves don’t want him, but selling him to a league rival would be a big mistake.
Lage needs to keep him
Despite being allowed to leave on loan, we think that Wolves should keep Traore and that Lage needs him to be part of the squad to help the club achieve success.
He moved to Molineux back in 2018 for a then club-record fee of £18m which was a lot for a Championship player at the time. Although he didn’t perform that greatly last season, his transfer has arguably been a success, with him being directly involved in 29 goals since his arrival.
He has also attracted a lot of attention for his ability to dribble past players, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp calling him “unplayable” and Rio Ferdinand dubbing him a “machine” for exactly this reason.
The Wanderers scored just 38 goals last season, so the involvement of Traore over the next campaign could help them improve on that and it wouldn’t come at an additional cost.
What’s most important is that they don’t allow the player to move to a direct rival. Despite only narrowly escaping relegation, Leeds could be more competitive next season and as a result, be in direct competition with Wolves for a high mid-table finish.
Should Wolves keep Traore?
Allowing them to sign Traore will only strengthen their chances of achieving that and could leave Lage’s side in trouble themselves. He’s proven to be an asset for the West Midlands club in the past, so there’s no reason he can’t play a big part next season.