WOLVES’ RECORD OFFER TO KEEP ADAMA
EXCLUSIVE: Wolves are set to offer Adama Traore a £25million golden carrot to sign a new four-year-deal worth a hefty £120,000 a week, writes GRAEME BRYCE.
After more than a year of contract wrangling, the long-standing deal Wolves offered Traore last October remains unsigned as the Spaniard stubbornly refuses to commit his long-term future to the club.
Now, after rejecting two deadline-day bids from Tottenham – including a £30 million bid to re-unite Traore with his former boss Nuno EspIrito Santo – Wolves are set to dramatically raise the stakes.
They are willing to make the 25-year-old speedster the highest paid player at Molineux, ahead of Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, to keep their £50million-rated asset out of the clutches of their Premier League rivals.
And they will step up talks with Traore over the next few weeks, once he returns from Spain’s upcoming world cup ties against Georgia and Kosovo over a double-your-money-deal.
Traore currently earns around £55,000-a-week but Wolves are willing to more than double it, rather than watch their attacking asset’s value decrease as his current deal runs down.
The powerhouse forward has entered the final two years of the five-year-contract he signed when he arrived from Middlesbrough in a then club-record £18million move in August 2018.
Wolves’ failure to make any deadline day signings – despite head coach Bruno Lage’s pleas for three or four ‘top quality,’ additions – went down badly with frustrated Wolves fans.