If you ask me, £20 million is worth the incumbent risk. It’s uncertain whether Wolves would accept a £20 million offer, as some reports suggest they’re asking for as much as £30 million for one of their most highly prized assets.
Conte surely won’t go as high at £30 million to land the Spaniard’s services, though £20 million is a fair fee for the powerful winger. Even £25 million would give Conte something to think about. Traoré polarizes opinion amongst supporters, with large swathes of Spurs faithful supportive of the prospective transfer. There are probably as many who are vehemently opposed to bringing Traoré to north London.
Conte sees a player he can transform from advanced winger into attacking right wingback. The gigantic, looming question mark is whether the man who is built like a house can provide the type of excellent service Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura need to optimize their goal returns.
Traoré hasn’t notched a goal or assist this season but is one of the best dribblers in the top flight. He averages 4.7 dribbles per match, the most of any player in the division.
And his breakneck pace causes fits for defenders, allowing him to fashion enough space to consistently knock it into a dangerous area. Whether he’ll be able to find his desired targets is the £20 million question. He’ll be the bargain of the year if he can locate an accurate end product.
Traoré could provide an important missing piece of the puzzle at Tottenham, and if it’s going to only take £20 million to find out, I’m all for it. Though I think at £25 million Conte should draw a distinct line in the sand and switch his attention to more of a sure thing.