KEY POINTS

  • Wolves could end Liverpool's hopes of landing Adama Traore, a report said
  • Traore is reportedly set to ink a long-term deal with fresher terms with the Wolves
  • The winger is believed to be viewed by the Wolves as potentially better than Diogo Jota

Wolverhampton Wanderers could finally fend off suitors of their highly-regarded winger.

The transfer rumors linking Adama Traore to Liverpool may be put to rest soon as the 25-year-old is now set to sign a new contract with the Wolves, Goal reported.

The said contract extension is still being worked on, but the report added that whatever type of deal both parties agree on, “a gentleman's agreement” that allows Traore to leave if a “bigger club” makes an official bid for a certain fee is likely to be included.

Traore inked a five-year deal with the Wolves in 2018 in a then club-record £18 million ($25. 4 million) transfer. This implies that his contract will not expire until 2023, but it was reported that a fresher set of terms were stalled earlier this year.

Now, the narrative has changed, and the Goal report noted that the Wolves are “keen to tie down” the winger to a “long-term deal.”

Speaking at a recent pre-match conference, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo said he is hoping “everything” goes well regarding Traore’s contract extension.

“I believe that everything is going to be OK. Just look at how Adama [Traore] performed against Everton,” Espirito Santo said. “I hope and expect everything will be solved. ”

“We want all the players to be happy and comfortable in the club, this is our main concern, that everybody is OK,” he continued. “Like all the players are in this moment, I don’t see any problem on that, so hopefully the situations of all the players’ contracts are going to be solved.”

 Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers Adama Traore during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley at Molineux on April 25, 2021, in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Photo: Getty Images/Matthew Ashton - AMA

Prior to closing in on another long-term deal with the Wolves, Traore found playing time rather hard to come by, having fallen behind Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence in the coach’s pecking order.

Nevertheless, it appears that the Molineux outfit sees a bright future for Traore.

In fact, according to  Wolves correspondent and The Athletic reporter Tim Spiers, his understanding is that Traore has long been viewed by the club as a player who can possibly surpass Diogo Jota.

“In terms of personnel, the way it’s been explained to me was that they felt [Diogo] Jota had probably hit a ceiling in terms of what he could achieve at the club and that £45 million ($62 million) was a very good price to reinvest back into younger players who could be their next Jota,” Spiers wrote earlier this year.

“Perhaps they could have sold Adama Traore for a similar fee, but the feeling was Traore had a higher ceiling of potential than Jota,” he continued.