Press in Traoré’s native Burkina Faso have stated that a fee has been agreed for the Lyon forward.

Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy


After reportedly having a £16,000,000 bid rejected for Olympique Lyon forward Bertrand Traoré yesterday, it seems like Aston Villa have gone back for a second bite of the cherry and have been successful – with reports from Burkina Faso stating that a £19,000,000 fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

The Burkina Faso international, who can play anywhere across a front three, scored one goal and assisted three in 23 league games last season – but many of his appearances came as cameos from the bench.

At 25-years-old, Traoré has played for Chelsea, Ajax and now Olympique Lyon, playing only 10 Premier League games in his career and being involved in three goals.

According to LeFaso, the Burkinabé media platform, the deal has been agreed although specific details such as bonuses and how the deal will be structured are still in the works.

They also state that Traoré should arrive for a medical on Monday and to put pen to paper.

With an abundance of pace and strong dribbling skills, Traoré could bring something exciting to the wings of Aston Villa – but is also, according to those who watch him regularly – a frustrating watch at times.

The Burkina Faso international opened the door for his departure from Lyon with a recent interview in which he stated:

“I am twenty-five and have played at every club I have been at.

“If my situation doesn’t change, I can’t stay on the bench all the time. I’m no longer a teenager.

“I have no time to waste. We will see what will happen.”

English outlets have also reported the interest, with Alan Nixon from The Sun also divulging a potential deal yesterday.

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