clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Report: Adama Traoré set to leave in January; Premier League loan most likely

The young monster looks set for a move to get experience

Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

We are ten days away from the start of the January transfer period. Despite being (for the moment) banned from performing any sort of transfer move, Barcelona are still the subject of numerous rumors about certain players leaving the club for another leagues.

One of the hottest rumors of this week is the likely move of Adama Traoré. It was reported earlier this week by Mundo Deportivo that club officials aren't ready to promote the 18-year-old phenom to the senior team yet, but higher ups want to see him develop quickly. The plan is to have Adama being a regular part of Luis Enrique's squad by August of next year, in time for the 2015-16 season.

To make their wish come true, playing the youngster at Barça B is not the best idea, since the competition at Spain's Second Division won't make him ready for a UEFA Champions League decision game, for instance. So the plan would be to loan the player this January for six months, see him develop at a stronger team/league, then bring him back to see if he is ready to play at Barça A.

The Premier League is always the favorite destination for Barça players to get better. The best recent example is Gerard Piqué, who was loaned to Manchester United, had a rapid growth in England and was brought back to Barça, where he became the best center-back in the world during the Blaugrana's most glorious period in the Pep Guardiola Era.

Another good example is Cesc Fàbregas. He became an Arsenal legend while growing into one of the best midfielders on the planet. Though he wasn't at his best at Barcelona, he still contributed a lot, and his current season at Chelsea showed that the decision to loan him from Barça as a youngster helped him get a lot better than he could have been if he just stayed at Barça B.

Speaking of Arsenal, they're the favorites to land Adama if the Catalan's decide to have him move elsewhere next month. Arséne Wenger has praised Adama in the past, and has already made multiple attempts to acquire the player, only to hear an emphatic "no" from the Blaugrana.

Now, however, the situation has changed a bit, with Adama making a successful debut with the first team a few days ago. Maybe moving him to the Gunners for six months can help Traoré develop into the monster he promises to be.

Do you agree? Or do you think that Adama should stay at Barça B?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Barca Blaugranes Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Barca news from Barca Blaugranes