Adama Traore’s time at Wolves has established him as one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents.
The 23-year-old has been a revelation so far this term for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side leading to reports that Manchester City were eyeing a potential £80million move for the winger.
Such a move would represent a significant profit for Wolves who paid Middlesbrough just £18million for the speedy winger but unfortunately for the Teessiders they wouldn’t be entitled to any amount of that fee.
Middlesbrough writer Anthony Vickers was asked about any potential benefits for Jonathan Woodgate’s side when he revealed that the Teessiders wouldn’t be getting any amount from a potential sale.
Writing for Teesside Live, he said: “Some of the figures being bandied about for the newly discovered electric excitement machine are incredible… unfortunately Boro won’t be getting a slice.
“The club always try to insert sell on clauses when they negotiate an out-going transfer, as do most clubs who have the upper hand in talks.
“But Adama’s exit was not really under Boro’s control. The £18m bid from Wolves triggered a release clause in the original contract signed when he arrived from Villa for £7m.
“As soon as that fee was offered the player was allowed to talk to Wolves and after he agreed to it the departure was automatic.
“It was out of Boro’s hands. They were not party to any haggling. They couldn’t make demands.
“It is easy to be retro-critical and say that the clause should never have been inserted in the first place but then he may not have signed.
“And to be fair, who when he arrived as a fast-forward flanker with patchy end product who would have though he would one day be talked of as an £80m player?”
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There was always something special about Adama Traore and he’s finally turning into the player that we all knew he could be.
Tony Pulis and Middlesbrough were key to helping him fulfil his potential so it’s a shame that the Teessiders won’t reap any financial benefit to a potential future move away from Wolves.
While that’s a shame, no one can take away the satisfaction that the club will have in helping to develop one of the Premier League’s best.