Barcelona have signed winger Adama Traore on loan from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season.
The La Liga club announced the deal on Saturday, returning the Spain international to the club where he started his career.
The agreement includes an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer, Barcelona said in a statement, adding that Traore would be presented as their new player in a ceremony behind closed doors on Wednesday.
The Catalan club won the race to land Traore with Tottenham Hotspur also reported to be keen on the 26-year-old, who chose to return to the city of his birth.
Traore is a product of Barca’s La Masia youth academy but played only four times for Barcelona before moving to Aston Villa in August 2015 for 10 million euros ($A16m).
A year later he joined Middlesbrough where he spent two seasons before signing for Wolves in 2018.
He has since played eight times for Spain but has struggled at Wolves this season, spending most of his time on the substitutes’ bench and scoring just once in 23 apperances.
Traore’s current deal at Molineux expires at the end of next season and Wolves were hoping to cash in on him in the January transfer window, with the Spain international showing no intent to sign a new contract at the club.
Meanwhile, Barca are in search of a buyer for Ousmane Dembele with talks on renewing the France winger’s contract reaching an impasse.
They need to offload Dembele by Monday, when the transfer window closes, to ensure they get a fee as the 24-year-old’s contract ends in June.
Barcelona are fifth in La Liga on 35 points after 21 matches, 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid who have played a game more.
Xavi’s team host Atletico Madrid on February 6 when league action resumes after the international break.