Adama Traore sealed his transfer from Barcelona to Aston Villa on Friday, as revealed by the club ahead of the side's evening encounter with Manchester United. This confirmation ended an ongoing saga which also saw him linked with Liverpool and Stoke City.
Moises Llorens of AS revealed details of the deal on Tuesday: "The La Masia graduate has finally decided to wear the claret and blue of Aston Villa. Adama, 19, has signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth."
After losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, Villa boss Tim Sherwood has looked to bring in plenty of young talent from the continent. In the Midlands, Traore will be afforded the game time he needs to develop and will be guided by a manager who puts a strong emphasis on attacking football.
Here’s a look at why Adama is rated as one of the top stars in the current Barcelona youth setup:
The teenager certainly possesses all the qualities to excite supporters. Traore is a powerful runner, a silky dribbler and has a thunderous shot.
Indeed, such is his undeniable potential, for Barca to lose the player on a permanent deal represents a frustrating blow, especially for a club renowned for putting a major emphasis on youth development.