Winger Traore returns to boyhood club Barcelona on loan

agreement includes an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer,
Barcelona said in a statement, adding that Traore would be presented as their
new player in a ceremony behind closed doors on Wednesday.

The Catalan
club won the race to land Traore, with English club Tottenham Hotspur also
reported to be keen on the winger who chose to return to the city of his birth.

Traore is a
product of Barca’s La Masia youth academy, where Lionel Messi and manager Xavi
Hernandez developed, but played only four times for Barcelona before moving to
Aston Villa in August 2015 for 10 million euros ($11.14 million).

A year later
he joined Middlesbrough where he spent two seasons before signing for Wolves in
2018. His electric pace saw him finally reach his potential and led to a
call-up from his country whom he has since represented eight times.

26-year-old, who spent much of the first half of this season on the
substitutes’ bench, scored only once in 23 matches in all competitions for

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