Liverpool surely can’t afford to pay a British record price for Wolves winger Adama Traore. Reports suggest that’s what the midlands club would want, however.
We think Traore would fit in ideally at Liverpool. He’s the kind of player Jurgen Klopp turns into a star, after all.
Traore has tons of raw talent just waiting for someone to mould into a frightening and effective player. Wolves have already gone some way to doing that as the Spaniard is having the best year of his career.
But at 24 years old, there’s still a sense that he can improve further. He certainly still has inconsistencies and he’s unproven at the top level. And seeing what Klopp did with wingers like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Traore would be ideal material for him.
90min reported at the start of January that Liverpool were interested in Traore. That, however, was at a £70m price. Things have changed since then – such as the hype around Traore.
So now the Telegraph claim that Wolves have increased that price. They expect a British record fee, eclipsing the £89.3m Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba.
A £90m+ deal is too much and Liverpool shouldn’t be getting involved at that price. It’s one thing signing a winger for £35m and hoping he can develop. It’s another thing entirely to spend near £100m on a player who isn’t the finished article.
Because it’s not so much what Traore can do now that drives that price up but what he could be capable of one day. And that makes him too much of a gamble.
Liverpool didn’t break the bank to bring them in. They merely paid a big fee for players they felt could develop to the next level at Liverpool.
For Traore, £90m would be a price for a complete player. But if reports are wrong and he’d cost far less, then Liverpool should absolutely take that gamble.