Are Chelsea closing in on Boro winger Traore?

Chelsea have reportedly edged closer to a move for Adama Traore.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful season for Boro, scoring five goals and registering 10 assists to help steer his side into the Championship playoffs.

Traore was linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge in January 2017 but a move failed to materialise, Boro subsequently suffering relegation from the Premier League.

According to The Mirror, the Blues have rekindled their interest in the Spain Under-21 international, with Tony Pulis facing a fight to hold on to his star man even if Boro return to the top flight.

The report goes on to claim that a deal, believed to be in the region of £30m, may be eased through as former Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is a close confidant of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson.

Traore, who has previously played for Barcelona and Aston Villa, is also believed to be on the radar of Everton and Newcastle United.

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