Chelsea want to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore according to widespread reports but there is a catch.
Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea will look to sign him in this transfer window but will have to loan him back to Middlesbrough until the end of the season. Current rules stipulate that a player can’t sign for three different clubs in the same season.
Traore has already featured for his former club Aston Villa and his current club Middlesbrough this season.
The 20-year-old Spanish winger joined Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough in the summer for £7m from Aston Villa.
He impressed Chelsea earlier this season after tormenting Marcos Alonso with his frightening pace and his direct style of play. He also completed 12 dribbles against Chelsea which was the highest number of dribbles completed by a player in a Premier League game since December 2011.
The former Barcelona man has made 15 appearances this season for Middlesbrough but has yet to score a goal or make an assist.
However the youngster apparently recorded the fastest sprint of any Premier League player in a match against Arsenal earlier this season at an incredible 37km/h.
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Chelsea have been looking for wide players and have been reportedly after West Ham’s Michail Antonio but Sky Sports report that Chelsea have made an enquiry for Adama Traore.
It’s not clear whether Antonio Conte will want to use him as cover for the winger role or to provide cover for the wing-back role. Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses have been doing well but Chelsea have very little cover in those positions. Conte will be confident that he could convert Traore into a wing-back after successfully converting winger Victor Moses into one.
However, Traore has been criticised in the past for his lack of work-rate and his desire to always dribble past defenders.
Former Aston Villa coach Remi Garde, who signed him from Barcelona for £7m in 2015, stated he needed to work on his discipline.
‘He is inconsistent in his game. You cannot have a player, except for maybe Messi, who can walk on the pitch and only play when his team has the ball. Nobody can do that.’
So, it seems he may not suit as a wing-back in Conte’s system although his blistering pace and dribbling ability would make him perfect as an impact bench player if Chelsea set up in a counter attacking system.
The winger only made four appearances for the Barcelona first team after coming through the youth ranks at Barcelona. He made 63 appearances for the Barcelona B team and scored eight goals.