Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has identified the new midfied General as the Blues has now shown an interest in known Liverpool target Adama Traore, according to reports.
The Spain international has caught the attention of top Premier League scouts with his impressive displays at right wing in recent seasons.
In 2019/20, he scored four goals and bagged nine assists as Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League.
His performances in the most recent season weren’t as good, along with almost all of his Wolves team-mates, but that hasn’t put off Chelsea.
According to transfer journalist Matt Law (via Caught Offside), the Blues have ‘definitely’ expressed an interest in signing Traore from Wolves.
They’re gearing up for another busy summer with Thomas Tuchel looking to make the squad his own.
The German already has Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi available on the right flank, although Traore could be added to bolster his options.
With Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation proving to be a success, Traore may also be signed to take up the right wing-back role. That would allow Reece James to become Cesar Azpilicueta’s long-term successor at right centre-back.
However, any Chelsea bid would surely result in a counter offer from Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Traore’s talents and reportedly wants to take him to Anfield.
The pacy 25-year-old, one of the best dribblers in the Premier League, is viewed as a potential replacement for either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane.
The two goalscorers have been linked with big money moves to Real Madrid, forcing Liverpool to search for new forwards.
Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey urged the club to raid Wolves for Traore and Pedro Neto earlier in the campaign.
He said: “Traore and Neto give you different options and both are exciting players. Very, very direct which suits the way that Liverpool play.
“They’ve never really had that (the depth) before. Usually, the front-three have killed off a game, and you bring the others (Shaqiri and Origi) on to see the game out.
“Now, we are relying on those two to get ourselves back into a game or to finish off a game and it’s not quite there. The depth isn’t quite at the level of Man City.”