The Northern Echo is reporting that Newcastle are again looking to buy Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore this summer – and there have already been some articles on the Magpies’ interest.
What the 22-year-old Spaniard offers Benitez is real pace and power on the wing, and he also has plenty of skill but is not that consistent.
The latest transfer fee mentioned for Traore is £15M, but Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis may try to get more than that if the young Spaniard is sold.
Adama Traore – continual links with Newcastle
Pulis wants to transform his squad this summer and bring in new players in an attempt to get promoted from the Championship next May so he will need money for that and that’s why Adama Traore may be sold.
Rafa is expected to bring in one additional winger this summer, and Robert Kennedy of Chelsea will be the number one target, but it’s not clear that he will be available from Chelsea.
With Kenedy’s future not being settled until Chelsea (potentially) bring in a new manager to replace Antonio Conte, it could be well into the summer before Rafa knows if the young Brazilian is available.
Benitez will push his contacts at Chelsea to make an early decision on Kenedy to either allow a season-long loan deal or a permanent transfer.
But we cannot see both Adama Traore and Kenedy both arriving this summer.
It’s likely to be one or the other.
And Rafa is said to be hot on the trail of his second signing of the summer, so maybe it’s Traore?
If he does come we can see him become a much better player once Rafa Benitez has worked with him for a few months.
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