Chelsea have been interested in Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore for at least three years, Telegraph sports reporter Matt Law has revealed.

Speaking on the London Is Blue podcast, Law added that while Traore had been a Stamford Bridge transfer target for some time, Thomas Tuchel is also an admirer of the Spaniard and has recommended him to the Blues hierarchy.

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Traore is viewed as an alternative to Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi, who Chelsea failed to sign earlier this month.

The speedy forward is also being considered as competition for Reece James in the Blues’ right wing-back position.


“There’s definite interest in Adama Traore,” said Law.

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“The interest in him is very real. There’s a historical interest in him as well because Chelsea looked at signing him from Middlesbrough before he joined Wolves.

“When he left Middlesbrough after they didn’t get out of the Championship a few years ago, Chelsea for sure made an enquiry about him before he ended up joining Wolves.”

Traore joined Wolves from Boro for £18m in 2018 (BBC Sport) after an inconsistent spell on Teesside.

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Traore’s performances certainly picked up following his move to Molineux. He has become one of the Premier League’s great entertainers.

Powerful, pacey and packed full of muscle, the 25-year-old is a defender’s nightmare.

Therefore it’s no great surprise Tuchel is keen on bringing the Spaniard to south west London.

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