Adama Traore Rejoins Barca On Loan From Wolves

Spanish midfielder Adama Traore rejoins Barcelona on January 29, 2022.
Spanish midfielder Adama Traore rejoins Barcelona on January 29, 2022.

 

Spain international Adama Traore will return to Barcelona after signing from Wolves on loan until the end of the season, the two clubs announced on Saturday.

Barca said they would pay Traore’s wages and there is an option to make the deal permanent.

Traore, 26, came up through the academy at Camp Nou and made four appearances for Barca’s first team before joining Aston Villa in 2015.

He spent two seasons at Middlesbrough, and has played 154 times for Wolves since arriving in 2018 for a then club record fee of £18 million ($24.1 million).

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“Everyone knows Barcelona is a city, and club, very close to Adama’s heart, so it is a dream move for him,” said Wolves’ technical director Scott Sellars.

“We have also agreed a very healthy option in the deal should Barcelona wish to make the move permanent this summer.”

Tottenham Hotspur had been strongly linked with a move for Traore but had a £15 million bid rejected earlier this month.

Traore’s signing gives Barca coach Xavi Hernandez another attacking option with Ousmane Dembele in exile after failing to agree a new contract, and teenager Ansu Fati sidelined by a hamstring injury.

 

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Middlesbrough Scuttle Arsenal’s Six-match Winning Run

arsenalArsenal’s six-match winning run came to an end against Middlesbrough but a point was enough to move them top of the Premier League table.

Manager Arsene Wenger – celebrating his 67th birthday – watched his side dominate possession but underwhelm in the final third.

The Gunners managed five efforts on target, but only one worried Boro keeper, Victor Valdes, when he pulled off a great one-handed stop to deny Alexis Sanchez.

Aitor Karanka’s side defended brilliantly and, despite conceding much of the possession to the home side, created the better chances.

Arsenal keeper, Petr Cech, blocked Gaston Ramirez’s header, twice denied the outstanding Adama Traore and also saved from Alvaro Negredo.

With A Bit Tired Legs

The home side briefly thought they had won it in injury time but Mesut Ozil’s effort was rightly ruled out for offside.

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Arsene Wenger says the energy was a bit down today

Despite remaining in 17th place, Boro should be buoyed by the display and unexpected result.

In his post-match comment, Wenger said his team had the possession but with a bit tired legs. There was not enough left in our legs today.

For him, one remarkable thing was that the team made sure they did not lose the game.

In other matches, Scott Arfield’s 90th-minute winner gave Burnley their third win of the season in a match dominated by Everton.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice as stoke comfortably won at hull to move out of the relegation zone.

Nigeria striker, Ahmed Musa, scored his first goal for Leicester City, as the champions stretched their unbeaten home run to 20 games.

Winston Reid scored a late winner for West Ham to extend Sunderland’s losing streak to nine games.

Osimhen, Etebor Scoop CAF Young Players Awards

OsimhenGolden Eaglets striker, Victor Osimhen, has been named Africa’s best Youth Player for the year 2015.

Osimhen outclassed compatriot, Kelechi Nwakali, Mali pair of Adama Traore and Samuel Diarra and Yaw Yeboah of Ghana to win the award.

Osimhen set a new goal scoring record of 10 goals at the last FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile as Nigeria won a record fifth title.

Warri Wolves striker, Oghenekaro Etebor, was awarded the most promising talent for his exploit at the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship in Senegal where he finished as top scorer.

Etebor defeated compatriot, Azubuike Okechukwu, Mali’s Djigui Diarra, Mahmoud Abdelmonem of Egypt and Zinedine Ferhat of Algeria to clinch the award.