Target ‘keen’ as Aston Villa launch £19m raid for ex-Chelsea forward

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2020 3:11 - Steve Pearson


The chances of success appear to be high after Aston Villa tabled a £19m bid for an ex-Chelsea forward who is said to be ‘keen’ on the prospect of a return to England.

Villa staved off relegation on the final day of last season to ensure their return to the top flight wasn’t a quick one.

The club’s reliance on talismanic playmaker Jack Grealish was there for all to see, however.

Manager Dean Smith has identified their dependency on the newly-capped England international as an area to address. As such, he has been hard at work attempting to entice attacking talent to the club.

Championship hotshot Ollie Watkins was brought in for £28m, while an €18m bid was recently prepared for a Bundesliga hitman.

The deals may not stop there, however, with The Daily Mail now reporting the club are closing in on a Ligue 1 attacker.

Lyon forward Bertrand Traore is the man in question, with the 25-year-old known to English audiences from his four-year stint with Chelsea.

Talks are said to be underway regarding a switch for the player who has also attracted interest from Fulham, Crystal Palace and Leicester.

Bertrand Traore Lyon TEAMtalk

Traore struggled to break into the starting eleven with Lyon last term, but that fact wasn’t all that surprising given the club boast superstar wingers Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay.

The player is said to be ‘keen’ on the proposed move, and is ‘excited’ about potentially being given the chance to prove himself in England once more.


Arsenal accept £20m Villa offer for unsettled star

Martinez Arsenal TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, Arsenal have accepted a bid from Aston Villa for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, according to reports.

Martinez is now believed to be undergoing a medical with Villa after missing Arsenal’s opening game of the season.

According to the BBC, Martinez will complete his move to Villa Park for a fee of £20m.

The goalkeeper stepped up towards the end of last season after Bernd Leno’s injury. Martinez started in the FA Cup final and Community Shield, both of which the Gunners won.

However, in between that time, he admitted that he would not stay at the club if they did not keep him as number one after Leno’s return.

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