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Rumor Mongering: Reds Step Up Interest In Cut-Rate Wolves Star

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A long-term target could be available at as much as a £35m discount

Liverpool FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

Liverpool could be in for Wolves starlet Adama Traore with the Midlands side forced to cut their asking price.

Wolves are said to be hoping to cash in this summer on one of their most valuable assets to fund a move for Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos, according to Spanish publication, El Gol Digital.

It was only a year ago that a transfer fee for Traore’s services was mooted to be between £70m-£75m on the back of an electric 2019-20 campaign.

However, the ex-Barcelona man has had a rough time of things this time out, falling off precipitously from the four goals, nine assists and dynamic wing play from last season to a shocking zero goal involvements so far this campaign. The drop off has been so sharp that Wolves are rumored to have cut their asking price to a much more affordable £45m.

In step Liverpool, who are said to be long-term admirers of the Spanish international. Reds manager, Jürgen Klopp has been particularly open about his opinion of the 25-year-old, lauding his talent in interviews:

“He is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good,” the German gushed to BBC Sport a year ago.

Klopp’s ardor has not diminished in the time since despite the lack of end product, commenting before his side’s 1-0 win over Wolves earlier in March that he considered the wing dynamo “actually undefendable.”

Andy Robertson, who, one should note has to mark the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane every day in training, listed Traore alongside former Chelsea man, Eden Hazard as the two players who have “ripped him apart.”

The underlying statistics suggest that the dramatic drop in goal involvements is in part due to the injuries and player sales that have depleted the Wolves attack, allowing defenses to simply load up on the live wire attacker and deny him space to operate.

All of which is to say that there is still a player in there capable of pushing on and taking the next step in his development in a side where doubling him would mean leaving the likes of Mane, Salah and Jota free, while marking Traore with a single defender would be asking to get embarrassed.

Liverpool and Wolves enjoy a comfortable working relationship following no-nonsense negotiations in deals that saw Diogo Jota move to Anfield last summer and Reds youth prospect Ki-Jana Hoever head in the opposite direction. This combined with the pandemic effect on every club’s finances and the drop in asking price could result in FSG taking another dip in the well this summer.