Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly plotting a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger and ex-Chelsea target Adama Traore.
The Spaniard has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge on numerous occasions, but a move has never come to fruition.
Now, with just a year-and-a-half left on his current contract at Molineux, it has been reported by The Athletic that Spurs have an eye on him as ex- Chelsea boss Antonio Conte aims to add to his squad in north London.
It is suggested that they see him as an ideal candidate for their right wing-back position and could even offer former Wolves defender Matt Doherty in part-exchange in an attempt to secure the services of Traore, who is currently valued at £25m by transfermarkt.
It of course remains to be seen whether the north Londoners will be successful in their pursuit of the former Barcelona forward but it is intriguing to see Conte taking notes of his time at Stamford Bridge – an intriguing occurrence considering the Blues’ dominant performance against his current employers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
During his first season with Chelsea having become Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor, the Italian eventually deployed a highly successful 3-5-2 system.
Deploying the attack-minded Victor Moses at right-wing back, Conte stumbled upon a system that got the best out of the Nigerian – a decision that proved to be a masterstroke considering Chelsea’s almost unstoppable procession to the 2016/17 Premier League crown.
It goes without saying then that he will be keen to do something similar with Traore should Fabio Paratici successfully negotiate his deal.
Investigating the deal even further, though, and it is clear that Conte is not only borrowing from his Chelsea past but also Thomas Tuchel’s current operations at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were of course linked with a move with Traore as the Blues again attempted to bring in their own right-wing back. Achraf Hakimi was also a target before his big-money move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
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The Blues were not able to recruit in that position but luckily Reece James stepped up brilliantly, with the club’s challenge for the Premier League crown stuttering alongside his injury absence.
Tottenham will once again be hoping to deploy a very similar idea in north London as they continue their pursuit of Traore in the January window.
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