Ex-Chelsea attacker excited by talk of big-money Man Utd switch

Date published: Tuesday 7th November 2017 7:20 - James Marshment

Manchester United are weighing up a January move for former Chelsea starlet Bertrand Traore, according to reports in France.

With Jose Mourinho still looking to add a wide forward to his ranks, French football magazine Onze Mundial claim the United boss has turned his attentions to former Chelsea man Traore.

The Burkina Faso international was actually handed his Chelsea debut by Mourinho, but – like so many other youngsters at Stamford Bridge – left after failing to get enough first-team opportunities. He initially caught the eye during a year on loan with Ajax, and since then in a permanent €10m switch to Lyon over the summer.

The player has since impressed in Ligue 1, scoring six goals in 16 appearances, and discussing United’s interest in him, Traore said: “Manchester United? Why not? I will work hard and if opportunities open, why not?”

Traore was also critical of Chelsea’s youth setup, adding: “I fought, I reached the first team. But, in Chelsea, for a player from the training centre, it’s almost impossible to impose yourself as a starter. And I wanted to be a starter … I’m proud of what I did there before I left.”

Traore, 22, played against United in the Europa League final for Ajax last season during their 2-0 defeat in Stockholm and is said to be rated in the £30million bracket.


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