Traore Deadline Day Exit?
Adama Traore’s Aston Villa career resurrection under Roberto Di Matteo certainly was short-lived. After returning to the fold, he managed just a few minutes against Rotherham before putting in a transfer request. It seems though that interest is finally firming up for the Villa winger, as the last day of the transfer window approaches.
It’s looking likely that Traore will make an unexpected return to the Premier League with Middlesbrough reported to be pole position for his services.
The North-East local paper the Gazette Live has reported that the ex-Barcelona player is meant to be travelling to Rockliffe Park this evening ahead of contract talks and a medical on Wednesday.
With Traore already declaring he wants out, the most interesting thing about this potential transfer is how Villa will play it in terms of the transfer fee they request. Villa have been pretty cut throat in cutting their loses on players, with Jores Okore for example, being let go on a free transfer, with Villa settling for 50% of any sell-out fee.
Will the Traore deal be brokered in a similiar fashion?
The 20-year-old cost Villa in the region of £7m, so the club are set to take another hit from the mistakes of last summer’s transfer window.
The mysteries around the winger’s contract still remain today. It’s been reported that Traore’s wages increase year-on-year, eventually reaching a quite ridiculous level (some say £90,000-a-week). It’s seems unlikely, but it was Tom Fox’s administration that fixed the deal, so who knows? It would be interesting to know the truth behind that particular contract, for sure.
Why Middlesbrough? Well maybe someone has told Traore that it used to be a haven for Brazilian players in the late 1990’s, including Juninho, Emerson and Branco. Or maybe he just misses Brad Guzan?
Ayew Eyeing an Exit?
Despite Villa owner Tony Xia constantly confirming that Jordan Ayew is going nowhere this transfer window, his social media outburst at the Villa forward’s sulky body language in recent games might add to any desire the player has of leaving the club.
MOMS isn’t a big fan of Ayew, but he can be an impactive player in the Championship if utilised correctly and he learns to be more of a team player.
Certainly, if the right offer came in for the club and player, you wouldn’t be surprised if the player upped sticks. At the moment, the only rumours doing the rounds seem to be Hull City with a supposed offer of just over £10m.
If Ayew is considering to leave, putting any decision on ice until January, maybe a good option for both parties. If Villa did sell him then, he’d miss four or five games anyway due to the African Nations cup from mid-January onwards. So it would lessen the impact of him leaving and give Villa a lot more time to fill his boots than if he left on deadline day.