Traoré returns to Barcelona on loan from Wolverhampton

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Adama Traore returns to Barcelona on loan from Wolverhampton until the end of the season, the Spanish club said Saturday.

Barcelona said it will pay the striker’s salary and there will be an option to make the transfer permanent.

Conditions for a permanent transfer were not immediately disclosed. Premier League club manager Scott Sellars said Wolverhampton had secured “a very favorable option if Barcelona wish to make the transfer permanent this summer.”

Traoré, 26 years old and a player for the Spanish national team, was trained in the Barcelona youth academy and made his debut in the first division in 2013, at the age of 17. He moved to Aston Villa in 2015, then Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton in 2018.

“Adama has always acted with the utmost professionalism, but it is no secret that we have not been able to agree a new contract with him despite lengthy negotiations, and his wish is to play football elsewhere,” Sellars said. “Everyone knows that he loves the city and the Barcelona club, so it is a dream transfer for him”.

Traoré’s contract with Wolverhampton runs until the summer of 2023.

Barcelona said it will present the player on Wednesday behind closed doors.

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