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Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after the English Premier League soccer match between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Brentford Community Stadium in Brentford, England on Saturday Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)

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Adama Traore is returning to Barcelona on loan from Wolverhampton until the end of the season, the Spanish club announced on Saturday.

Barcelona say they will pay the winger’s salary and there will be an option to make the deal permanent.

Terms of any permanent deal were not immediately disclosed, although Wolverhampton technical director Scott Sellars said the Premier League club had been given ‘a very sound option in the deal if Barcelona wanted to make the move permanent this summer.

The 26-year-old Spain international came through Barcelona’s youth teams and made his first-team debut in 2013 aged 17. Traore moved to Aston Villa in 2015 and also played with Middlesbrough before joining Wolverhampton in 2018.

“Adama has always acted with the utmost professionalism, but it is no secret that we have not been able to agree a new contract with him, despite lengthy negotiations, and his desire for the time being. is to play football somewhere else,” Sellars said. “Everyone knows that Barcelona is a city and a club very close to Adama’s heart, so this is a dream move for him.”

Traore’s contract with Wolverhampton runs until the summer of 2023.

Barcelona say the player’s presentation will take place behind closed doors on Wednesday.

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