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Barcelona admit they may have to ditch Adama Traore after loaning Wolves star.

Barcelona pres­i­dent Joan Lapor­ta has admit­ted they might not be able to keep Adama Tra­ore beyond the end of the season.

The Spain inter­na­tion­al, 26, returned to the Nou Camp for a sec­ond spell in Jan­u­ary — on loan from Wolves until the sum­mer.
And he’s been sparkling, scor­ing four goals in his first sev­en games.

Yet, despite an elec­tric return to the club, Bar­ca pres­i­dent Lapor­ta doubts he could sign the winger on a per­ma­nent deal.

He said: “We would like Adama Tra­ore to stay here, it’s pos­si­ble — but we are in a dif­fi­cult finan­cial situation.

“We’ll see at the end of the season.”

In Feb­ru­ary, Lapor­ta con­firmed that Tra­ore had accept­ed a pay cut to return to Barcelona.

He said: “We have an option to buy clause includ­ed in Adama Tra­ore’s deal with Wolves and our plan is to trig­ger that clause.

“It’s on him — he made a big push [on salary] to play here at Barca.”

He looked set to join Spurs ear­li­er in the win­dow, but a deal fell through after a dis­agree­ment between the play­er and Tot­ten­ham boss Anto­nio Conte.

Accord­ing to reports, Tra­ore want­ed to be seen as a winger by Conte.

But the Ital­ian coach was keen for him to occu­py the right-wing posi­tion in his 3–4‑3/3–5‑2 configuration.

And that turned out to be a stum­bling block for both sides as Tra­ore agreed to a deal with Barcelona instead.

His cur­rent deal with Wolves runs until the end of the 2022–23 campaign.

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