Middlesbrough right-winger Adama Traore was a transfer target for Newcastle last season, and at one point Rafa tried to get a part exchange deal agreed with goalkeeper Karl Darlow going in the other direction.
But the Newcastle manager could not get the deal closed.
Traore was born in L’Hospitalet in Spain and was at Barcelona until 2015 when he joined Aston Villa for £7M.
He played only 12 times for Villa in their relegation year and left the club in 2016 and joined Middlesbrough who at that time had just been promoted to the Premier League.
And for the second year running, Traore was part of a relegation side as Middlesbrough were relegated last years when Newcastle were promoted back to the Premier League.
22-year-old Adama Traore in action last season against Aston Villa
We haven’t seen any reports that Rafa is interested in the Spaniard this year – yet.
But the player is extremely fast with lots of skills and would seem to fit into Rafa’s style of playing on the counter-attack.
Like most young players he is also not very consistent.
Adama has played for all the Spanish youth sides – including two appearances for the Spanish U21 side.
But there seems a good chance Rafa would be interested in the youngster especially with the success Rafa had in getting the best out of Robert Kenedy – the 23-year-old Brazilian.
Rafa may want to take the Spaniard on loan to see how he does – but it would be essential to get an option to buy clause in the loan contract,
The Newcastle manager could also put in a straight transfer offer for Traore.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has been able to bring out the talents of the 22-year-old last season.
In two seasons on Teesside, Adama has played 71 times with 5 goals and 13 assists.
The transfer fee could be close to £10M or even higher in these wild times of ridiculous transfer fees in football.
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