Barcelona's move for Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Adama Traore is at an advanced stage, although they will only pull the trigger on the deal if Ousmane Dembele leaves the club before the end of January.
Former Barça player Adama told the club "yes" weeks ago, with a meeting taking place at the start of the month to sound out his availability.
The operation was on track for the summer, but it could be brought forward, as a loan with an obligatory buy purchase, with Wolves happy to do the deal.
Adama is ready for the challenge of playing as a winger as well as possibly as a wing-back in the future and has put the brakes on other options to give Barça time to reach a definitive agreement.
The option has been on the table since the end of December when his agent, Jorge Mendes, opened the door to a move. The player was in Barcelona earlier this month to speak with the club, where he expressed his desire to sign.
From there, Barça asked him to wait while they solve the Ousmane Dembele case, something which has dragged on longer than expected to the detriment of the Blaugrana.
Barça's idea was to renew Dembele's deal, but they began to feel that was impossible and activated a move for Adama. If Dembvele leaves, they will sign him.
Adama would join on loan at first and permanently in the summer. For the first six months, he would be willing to reduce his salary, so there would be no spending limit problems for the Catalan club.
If Dembele renews, Adama would not join now although he could still come in the summer. And if Dembele stays without renewing, something Barça are not considering, it would be impossible to register Adama.