The Northern Echo has reported that Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in signing Adama Traore from Middlesbrough. Following defeat in the play-offs to Aston Villa, Tony Pulis’ side face the prospect of losing some of their star players, including Traore.

The 22-year-old made the move to the Riverside Stadium in August 2016, with Albert Adomah heading in the opposite direction. Adomah was on the winning side at Villa Park last night as they progressed to Wembley to face Fulham after a 1-0 aggregate success. Traore though may also be set for the Premier League, but with a different club.

Perhaps a concern for those Premier League clubs wanting the player was how ineffective he was over the two legs, with opposite number Alan Hutton very doing ‘doing a job’ on him. Nevertheless, Traore is still very young and can only get better. Under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, who has overseen the progression of several young talents, such as Dele Alli, then he could flourish. It remains to be seen who will be in charge at Stamford Bridge next season, with this weekend’s FA Cup final supposedly set to be Antonio Conte’s final match at the club.

It would represent a massive jump for Traore, who does have a taste of the Premier League already from his time at Aston Villa. After 40 appearances for Boro this season, he only netted five goals, which doesn’t seem a great deal for someone supposedly worth £30million. Still, he will attract interest this summer, and Pulis surely wouldn’t stand in his way if £30million came into the club, especially if most could be translated into funds to improve his squad.

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