Chelsea have been linked with a move for Wolves’ Adama Traore

Chelsea are apparently interested in Wolves midfielder Adama Traore, who former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen memorably claimed was more difficult to mark than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

According to The Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel is interested in signing Traore this month to fill in for Reece James at right wingback. Tuchel has selected Traore as the ideal substitute for the Englishman, who is presently out with a hamstring issue.

Chelsea, though, will have to compete with Tottenham for Traore’s signing, according to transfer analyst Dean Jones. As he stated:

“Spurs face competition for Adama Traore from Chelsea. They are not as technologically advanced as Tottenham”
Traore’s speed, physical characteristics, and dribbling skill have made him a constant threat to Premier League defenses over the previous three seasons. This season, the Spaniard has failed to score or assist in the league. He is, nevertheless, still in great demand by some of Europe’s finest teams.

Paddy Kenny, a former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, discussed Traore and why he believes the Spaniard would fit in well at Tottenham. He elaborated:

“For Traore, playing as a wing-back may be the best option. In my judgment, he does not have a great deal invested in the final outcome. His goal and assist totals are not as impressive as you may imagine. Obviously, he is enormous; he is also quite well built, which is ideal for a defender. Along with the muscle, he’s also lightning fast.”
“I’ve seen him at Tottenham, and if Conte wants him, you’ve got to believe him. He has the potential to burst into the scene at Tottenham if he gains confidence and is surrounded by strong players. That, I believe, is a really fascinating maneuver.”
Traore, although having predominantly played as a winger for Wolves, should be able to transition effortlessly to the wingback position. It remains to be seen if Chelsea will be able to sign the Spaniard ahead of Tottenham this month.

“The player I’ve had the most difficulty defending” – Vertonghen on Chelsea target Traore being more difficult to defend than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Vertonghen revealed in 2020 that Traore was the player with whom he battled the most defensively, despite previous encounters with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. As he stated:

“I’ve faced Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez, but the guy with whom I’ve had the greatest difficulty for 90 minutes was Traore.”

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