Why Arsenal need to beat Bayern Munich for the transfer of Barcelona’s Adama Traore

Adama Traore is in demand (Picture: Getty Photos)With only a handful of appearances beneath his belt for Barcelona’s first team, Adama Traore is nevertheless a wanted man.Just 19 years of age, he is one of a number of Barca B players that have to have to be loaned or sold in order for him to continue his footballing development.Despite all of the Catalans’ recent successes, it has come at a cost. Barca’s reserve side were relegated for the Segunda B division just a season after their best-ever finish.Quite how the same crop of players have suffered such a fate is beyond the comprehension of those in the locale, especially when you consider the likes of Sergi Samper, Alen Halilovic and Traore could walk into any team in the Premier League and not look out of place.Bayern Munich have already shown their hand and Pep Guardiola has made it clear that he wants to bring the flying winger to Bavaria.Whilst there is no suggestion at this stage that the player has a preference as to where he wants to play his football, the fact remains that if a club can activate his £10.6million release clause then they at least have the opportunity to talk with him, and potentially persuade him to move.Arsene Wenger must ensure he is one of the first on the phone towards the players’ agent, especially with Theo Walcott still not having signed a new contract at the Emirates.The England international has been ‘close’ to signing for at least a couple of months which doesn’t speak of a player willing to commit to another long-term association.Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is yet to sign a new contract (Picture: Reuters)If acquired, Traore will have the traditionally reserved Gunners faithful on their feet in no time.The youngster combines the electric pace of Walcott with a directness that frightens defenders and his exceptional dribbling skills have to be seen to be believed.His shots on goal ratio is far better than Walcott’s even though the Arsenal man has more goals to his name at this juncture.Built like a rugby player, once in possession he is extremely difficult to dispossess and whilst still raw, he most certainly has all of the tools at this disposal to become one of the best in his position.Gerard Deulofeu was a regular scorer of goals thanks to Traore’s hard work down Barca B’s right-hand flank, and Munir El-Haddadi can attribute at least half of his goals to the player.Indeed, rarely has there been a true winger with the all-round skill set that Traore possesses. Just a little polish here and there will being a quality to his game that will be hard to beat.Time to open the wallet Arsene…