La Liga heavyweights Barcelona have reportedly prepared an offer worth €3 million to sign 30-year-old Stade Rennais right-back Hamari Traore.
According to a report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will soon submit an offer to sign Hamari Traore from Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais before the summer transfer window shuts down. The Catalan giants are ready to shell out around €3 million to secure the services of the 30-year-old right-back.
Hamari Traore started his professional career at Paris FC before moving to Belgium by joining Lierse. And he has been a regular fixture in Ligue 1 since returning to France seven years ago, with his stock skyrocketing following his move to Stade Rennais from Stade de Reims in 2017.
The 30-year-old has established himself as one of the most dependable right-backs in Ligue 1 since then, turning out over 200 times for Rennes. And Traore’s progress in France in the last half a decade has not gone unnoticed, with Barcelona keen on signing him this summer.
Barcelona recently succeeded in registering Jules Kounde in La Liga after a few weeks of trials and tribulations. But the Catalan giants hope to end the summer transfer window by signing a left-back and a right-back. Barcelona had initially targeted Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.
But while Azpilicueta has signed a new contract with Chelsea, Alonso no longer features on Barcelona’s radar over a summer move. Barcelona will now go into the last few days of the summer transfer window intending to bolster the full-back positions, with Traore emerging on their radar.
According to L’Equipe, Barcelona and Rennes have initiated discussions over a move for the 30-year-old. The Ligue 1 outfit might be open to selling Traore, and Barcelona will soon submit a bid worth €3 million, as per Mundo Deportivo. The report claims that the Blaugrana will lodge the offer in the coming hours.
Apart from Traore, several other right-backs are on Barcelona’s radar, with Juan Foyth among the primary targets. But the Argentine international might be too expensive for the Catalan giants, which is why they are now targeting a move for Traore, with the 30-year-old a viable short-term option.