Liverpool enquired about Adama Traore, according to reports, viewing the player as a ‘cheaper alternative’ to Timo Werner. The German forward looks Chelsea-bound.
This all comes from the Mirror, who claimed on Saturday that Liverpool had enquired about the player. They followed this up with a report on Tuesday where they said Liverpool see Traore as a ‘cheaper alternative’ to Werner.
Liverpool appear to have missed out on Werner, of course, despite links between the two dating back to 2019. Instead, the German looks almost certain to head to Chelsea as the Reds’ pulled out for financial reasons.
The Mirror makes that case in the second report, saying that the Blues will pay around £50m for Werner. Liverpool, then, must hope to pay considerably less for Traore.
What RTK has to say
It’s a nice thought, but we can’t see how Traore would cost less than £50m. He’s entering his prime and has looked great all season, playing for a team towards the top end of the Premier League.
None of that suggests ‘cheap’. Werner was already cheap for what you’re getting, in all honesty, and only because he had a release clause. Traore doesn’t have one that we know of and so it’s difficult to see why Wolves would sell at all – let alone at a discount.
Even during uncertain times, when his price may fall, it makes a sale seem very unlikely. It would be a massive risk for Wolves and a needless one at that.
Back before football stopped, they were apparently unsure over record-breaking, £90m bids for the player. Will his price have dropped by more than half in that time?
We’d certainly like him at Anfield and we believe he’s the type of player Jurgen Klopp works well with. But he’d need to cost considerably less than Werner to make this realistic and we just can’t see that being the case.