Report: Chelsea back in for 'unplayable' star who Vertonghen says is tougher to mark than Cristiano Ronaldo

Chelsea are reportedly still interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderer’s winger and Tottenham Hotspur target Adama Traore.

According to Dean Jones, Tottenham now have their London rivals to contend with in the race for Traore’s signature.

“Spurs have competition from Chelsea for Adama Traore. They aren’t as advanced as Tottenham,” Jones said to GIVEMESPORT.

Tottenham want Traore

Antonio Conte’s employers are apparently closing in on the Spain international, with a £20m (ESPN) deal potentially on the cards.

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In today’s covid-stricken market, this would be something of a bargain.

Especially considering the calibre of talent Tottenham could be acquiring.

Traore is one of the Premier League’s great entertainers and menace to defenders up and down the country.

Jan Vertonghen said the speedy forward was arguably harder to mark than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

His goal contribution leaves plenty to be desired – zero goals or assists this season – yet the 25-year-old’s approach play cannot be questioned.

Hence why it is slightly strange that there aren’t more punters jostling for Traore’s services.

Tuchel picks Traore

However, it appears Chelsea are back in the hunt for the Wolves wide man, having previously been linked with him last summer.

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It is said that Thomas Tuchel appreciates Traore’s skill set, much like Jurgen Klopp, who called him ‘unplayable’ after he shone in a match against Liverpool in 2020.

Shortly after the Champions League final, Tuchel reportedly identified the skillful forward as a possible option at right wing-back.

The Blues did not fully follow up on their manager’s apparent suggestion and instead tried to chase Achraf Hakimi.

They ended the window without a new right wing-back after Hakimi signed for Paris Saint-Germain instead.

Now, their need for a player in this position has heightened once more.

Wing-back woes

Ben Chilwell and Reece James’ long-term injuries have caused Chelsea to scour the market for possible alternatives.

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Most of their attention has been directed towards the left-hand side, yet some focus needs to be placed on the opposite flank.

Which leads us back to Traore, who could be moulded into a wing-back if coached appropriately.

Not only would the Blues be landing a terrific performer if they properly rejuvenate their interest in the Wolves man, but they would also be foiling Tottenham once again.

Doesn’t that sound like fun!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.