Tottenham Hotspur has accelerated negotiations over an attempt to loan Adam Traore for the remainder of the season with a permanent move worth up to £ 40m.
New Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is a big fan of Traore and wants Spain to follow him from Wolverhampton Wanderers to North London.
The Wolves value Traore at £ 40m, but as the Spanish player has yet to renew his two-year contract, the club may be forced to consider a loan that includes a purchase commitment.
Another option is for Spurs to increase Traore’s payout by spending only a small amount this summer, as Liverpool did for Diogo Jota last year. Liverpool paid only the initial £ 4 million ahead of a series of further payments to the Portuguese up to £ 45 million.
Nuno believes Traore will give his team a great deal of adaptability through his ability to play either on the defender’s right flank or on any flank up the pitch. Japhet Tanganga impressed as a right-back in Tottenham’s first two games they won, with Lucas Moura starting from the right of the top three.
Traore started for Wolves against Spurs on Sunday and gave Nuno’s new team a lot of problems, although the London club managed to make it to the only victory…
After this match is over, negotiations will accelerate over the course of the week as Tottenham strive for a breakthrough in the negotiations.
It is understood that Tottenham’s initial offer for a £ 5m loan fee plus the option of a permanent deal was rejected by Wolves, but negotiations are ongoing.
Spurs are still trying to find a buyer for Tanguy Ndombele. Bayern are the only club to show real interest in the player who arrived from Lyon to hold the club’s record two years ago.
Despite flashes of talent, Ndombele has never fully settled in Tottenham, and the club is now willing to cut their losses to the 24-year-old if they find a buyer or club willing to lease him with the guarantee of a permanent deal.
Tottenham also intend to sell Serge Aurier, who will be further pushed aside after the arrival of Traore.