Aston Villa poised to announce £19m winger deal on Friday

Date published: Friday 18th September 2020 8:35

Bertrand Traore TEAMtalk

Aston Villa are on the verge of signing winger Bertrand Traore, with a deal expected to be done on Friday.

L’Equipe reports that all parties have come to an agreement, as the forward prepares to join Villa from Lyon.

The report adds that Villa are paying £19m for the Burkina Faso international. He will sign a four-year deal with the Premier League side.

Lyon are looking to freshen up their squad and are ready to offload a number of players.

Sport Witness claims that Traore’s move to Villa is seen as an opportunity for him to ‘recover his football level’.

The 25-year-old has played in the Premier League before, having joined Chelsea back in 2014.

He only had 16 appearances for the Blues, before heading out to Dutch sides Vitesse and Ajax on loan.

Lyon spent €10m to lure the forward from Stamford Bridge in 2017.

 

Traore has scored 33 goals and added 17 assists in 126 appearances during his time at Lyon.

He has failed to make an appearance for the French giants this season, as they await his exit.

The only thing that could now hold up the proposed switch would be any further delays over a work permit.

 

GREALISH REVEALS HOW CLOSE HE CAME TO MAN UTD MOVE

Jack Grealish has conceded it had been 50-50 that he would remain at the club for this season amid strong interest from Manchester United.

Jack Grealish Aston Villa TEAMtalk

Villa announced on Tuesday that their captain had signed a new five-year contract, ending speculation over his future.

United had long been linked with Grealish all summer but talk of a move to Old Trafford has been firmly put to bed.

Much of that decision has been put down to Dean Smith’s ambitious transfer plans.

Speaking after helping Villa see off Burton 3-1 in the Carabao Cup, Grealish said a conversation with the club’s owner over the weekend convinced him to stay. Read more…

 

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