Lyon are on the brink of agreeing a deal with Chelsea to sign Bertrand Traore, the club’s president has revealed, as reported by the London Evening Standard.
Traore was drafted into the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship, and was given a chance to impress on loan with Vitesse Arnhem. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands, and was subsequently handed several appearances in the side in the 2015/16 campaign by both Mourinho and interim boss Guus Hiddink.
After another successful season in the Eredivisie with Ajax, both domestically and in Europe, it looks as though the Burkina Faso international is set to leave West London on a permanent basis.
The London Evening Standard quote Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas, who reveals that his side are close to clinching a deal to sign Traore:
“We’re fine-tuning the talks. It’s a very ambitious operation, one that fits with what we had said. I hope to be able to conclude the deal in the next 10 days, if possible before the end of the week.”
The Standard believe that Chelsea will receive £16M in exchange for the youngster, which for a player who does not appear to have any place in Antonio Conte’s squad, is very good business.