Barcelona push for swap deal to get around £29m transfer fee for on-loan winger Adama Traore with Nou Camp club proposing Francisco Trincao remains at Molineux
- Adama Traore has impressed at Barcelona since signing from Wolves on loan
- Nou Camp club wish to make move permanent but £29m fee is prohibitive
- They have proposed a swap deal that would see Francisco Trincao stay at Wolves
- Portugal international has struggled to make much impact at Molineux
Barcelona are attempting to persuade Wolves to agree to a swap deal that would let them keep Adama Traore and leave Francisco Trincao at Molineux.
The Spanish giants have an option to buy Traore, who has been on loan since January, for about £29million in the summer, but their delicate financial position may prevent them from doing so.
Traore is keen to stay at the Nou Camp, where he began his career, and Barca would like to retain him.
Barcelona have proposed a swap deal with Wolves that would see Adama Traore (left) remain at the Nou Camp and Francisco Trincao (right) sign permanently at Molineux after loans
Traore has done well for Barcelona since he signed on loan from Wolves back in January
But their chances of doing so may depend on convincing Wolves to take one of their squad players, with midfielder Riqui Puig another Barcelona are keen to shift.
Traore’s contract expires at the end of next season which means a second loan deal would have no benefit for Wolves.
‘I think a swap deal with Wolves between Francisco Trincao and Adama Traore could be a very good option,’ said Barcelona president Joan Laporta.
‘We’re really happy with Adama and his impact, attitude, performances.’
Trincao (right) celebrates scoring a goal for Wolves in their recent match against Leeds United
Trincao has spent the current campaign on loan on at Wolves from Barcelona but has struggled to make a strong case for a permanent move.
He has started only 14 matches in the league and had not registered a goal or an assist before claiming one of each in the 3-2 home defeat by Leeds, just before the international break – little indication that he would be an upgrade on Traore.
Agent Jorge Mendes represents Trincao and has an excellent relationship with the Wolves hierarchy, which is one element that could pave the way to a deal.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is already thinking ahead to the summer transfer window
Much improved under new boss Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona have been looking to the Premier League to build their squad for next season.
Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are among their targets along with Raphinha, who has enjoyed two impressive seasons for Leeds United.
They have also made an ambitious attempt to bring in Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund but are thought to be behind Manchester City and Real Madrid in the race to land the Norwegian forward.