Barcelona have signed speedy Spain winger Adama Traoré on loan from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season, the LaLiga club announced on Saturday.
The agreement includes an option to make the transfer permanent, Barcelona said in a statement.
Welcome back! Stronger than ever!#MadeInLaMasia pic.twitter.com/ZuAOCmNvrL— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 29, 2022
Traoré is a product of Barca's La Masia youth academy, where Lionel Messi and manager Xavi Hernandez developed, but played only four times for the Catalans before moving to Aston Villa in August 2015 for 10 million euros ($11.14 million).
A year later he joined Middlesbrough where he spent two seasons before signing for Wolves in 2018. His electric pace saw him finally reach his potential and led to a call-up from his country whom he has since represented eight times.
Adama 2.0 #MadeInLaMasia pic.twitter.com/zXi1mpeTZR— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 29, 2022
The 26-year-old, who spent much of the first half of this season on the substitutes' bench, scored only once in 23 matches in all competitions for Wolves.
Barcelona are in search of a buyer for Ousmane Dembélé after talks on renewing the French winger's contract fell through.
They need to offload Dembélé by Monday, when the transfer window closes, to ensure they get a fee as the 24-year-old's contract ends in June.
Barcelona are fifth in LaLiga on 35 points after 21 matches, 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid who have played a game more.
Xavi's team host Atletico Madrid in the league on Feb. 6.
($1 = 0.8974 euros) (Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Clare Fallon)