Thomas Tuchel has recommended Wolves’ Adama Traore as an alternative to Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi to the Chelsea board, according to Spanish outlet AS.
As it stands, the Blues are reportedly competing with Paris Saint-Germain over Hakimi.
Surprisingly, there have been a lot of contradictory reports about the transfer saga.
Calciomercato claimed Chelsea were closer to the “finish line” than PSG, but a few other reports suggest the exact opposite.
To be fair, there does not seem to be a big gap between the reported offers from Chelsea and PSG.
The latter reportedly offered more money, while Chelsea are said to be willing to include one of their players in the potential deal.
However, Chelsea have begun looking for alternatives amid uncertainty over the race for the Morocco international, according to AS.
The report claims Tuchel himself recommended Traore to the Chelsea board.
Alternative, but not cheaper
The 25-year-old mostly plays as an attacking midfielder or a winger under former manager Nuno Espirito Santo, but Tuchel reportedly believes he could fit “perfectly” into the right wing-back position.
Traore himself has already played as both wing-back and full-back, so adapting to the role should not be an issue.
The report further added that the Chelsea hierarchy will listen to Tuchel’s request and turn to Traore but only if they fail to sign Hakimi.
Interestingly, AS claims Wolves would demand an €80million (£68.5m) in transfer fee for the Spain international.
That is the same amount of money that Inter reportedly want for Hakimi (Sky Sports). So while Traore could be an alternative option, he would not be a cheaper one.