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Conte’s system: How Barcelona jumped ahead of Tottenham to sign Adama Traore from Wolves

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Wolverhampton Wanderers and Barcelona are working to finalise Adama Traore’s sensational return to the Camp Nou, informs the BirminghamLive.

Seven years ago, Traore – who was just 19 at the time – walked out on his boyhood club to join Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Traore believed he was ready to test himself at first team level, and four senior appearances in two seasons at Barcelona hadn’t satisfied his cravings.

Those closest to Traore have never hidden the winger’s ‘dream’, which has always been to return to the Camp Nou.

Speaking to BirminghamLive in 2018, Traore’s La Masia mentor Albert Benaiges insisted a return to Barcelona ‘can happen’ at some stage.

Traore and his representatives believed it could happen in 2020, after his stunning season with Wolves attracted numerous suitors, but Barcelona were feeling the financial strain of the pandemic and looked past him.

Barcelona aren’t exactly able to splash the cash now, but a huge bank loan has allowed president Joan Laporta to back head coach Xavi in this transfer window.

And Xavi, who briefly played alongside Traore in Barcelona’s first team, wants the Spain international to replace Ousmane Dembele – who has been told to find a new club.

Barcelona plan to take Traore on loan until the end of the season before making the deal permanent in the summer. Wolves are pushing for an obligation to buy, rather than an option in Barcelona’s favour.

Wolves are expecting to receive in excess of £25million and Barcelona will cover Traore’s salary for the remainder of the season.

Barcelona’s move comes after weeks of negotiations between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves over Traore.

Wolves rejected Spurs’ opening £15m offer for Traore and talks are believed to have broken down.

Fosun have been looking to cash in on Traore due to his contract situation, but the Wolves owners’ preference has always been to avoid selling to a direct rival.

It is also understood that Traore wasn’t entirely convinced by Antonio Conte’s plan to play him at right wing-back for Spurs. The Italian has courted Traore for a number of years, since his Chelsea days, and wanted to use him at right wing-back in his 3-4-3 system.

Traore has now been vindicated in his decision not to agitate for a move to Spurs, with a dream return to Barcelona now on the verge of becoming reality.