Report: Traore's Tottenham saga set to come to an end
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers attempts to control the ball during the Premier League match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Brentford Community Stadium on January 22, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

After a drawn out saga, Tottenham Hotspur look set to miss out on Adama Traore after further transfer speculation.

According to The Athletic, Barcelona are putting together a package to sign the Spanish winger, leaving a move to Spurs in doubt.

With only a handful of days left in the window, there was optimism that the 26-year-old winger would become the first signing under Antonio Conte's reign.

  • A Surprise deal for Barcelona?

Although there is still work to be done, The Athletic report that Barca are negotiating a loan deal with an option to purchase for around 35 million euros.

Xavi is looking to add to his squad after signing Ferran Torres and Dani Alves earlier in the window. This comes as a shock to Spurs who have been heavily linked to the Spaniard ever since the summer.

  • What went wrong for Spurs?

Throughout January, it seemed Adama was destined to head to North London. In early January, The Telegraph reported Spurs were hopeful of stealing him from Wolves

However, The Athletic reports that the Spanish international was unsure about playing right wing-back under the Italian.

Considering Traore began his career at the Catalan Giants in 2013, it is understandable that he wants to rejoin them in Spain.

What next for Spurs?

With deadline day just 4 days away, Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici will be desperate to make signings. 

The Athletic are continuing to report of Spurs interest in Sofyan Amrabat and Luis Diaz.

However, with neither of these players being a right wing-back, it is unclear if Paratici will attempt to find another solution. 

With Conte lacking confidence in his current wing-back options, it will come as a bitter blow to the Spurs hierarchy.

The Italian was willing to convert the Wolves winger into a defender, despite his previous experience in attacking positions. Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal have both struggled to cement a place in their positions, so concern will be growing for the former Chelsea manager. 

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