Traore Deal Hints Either of Ambitious Squad Building or Rashica Alternative

The Bertrand Traoré Deal

Sky Sports are reporting that Aston Villa have had a bid of £17m for Bertrand Traoré accepted by Lyon. It’s reported that the Burkina Faso international winger is due for a medical this coming week and will be announced after Villa unveil Emiliano Martinez.

The recently turned 25-year-old, has the kind of pace that Dean Smith has been increasingly looking to inject into his team.

Villa coach John Terry would have known Traoré during his time at Chelsea, before he made his switch to Lyon in 2017. He had spent most of his time on loan, while with the London club, having stints at both Vitesse and Ajax.

After a couple of decent seasons at Lyon, Traoré has been constantly linked with a move back to the Premier League, with the likes of Everton, Spurs, Southampton and West Ham, all in the mix for him.

A year ago, Everton were being linked with a £25m move for the winger, so Villa’s mooted fee is a reflection on the recent rather patchy season he had with Lyon.

Bertrand Traoré fell from favour for Lyon during the 2019/20 season. He was frozen out of the French club’s thrilling Champions League run to the semi-finals and his missed penalty in penalty shoot-out of the Coupe de la Ligue Final that gifted the cup to PSG, after coming on as an 80 minute substitute, was symbolic of his season’s fortunes.

Traoré still has age on his side though and a move to Villa could be just the tonic in terms of re-focusing his career.

Villa Needs

Watching Aston Villa’s friendly win against Manchester United on Saturday, while a decent run out for what largely will be Dean Smith’s first XI, there remained a feeling that Villa were lacking any ‘X’ factor from their bench.

United did run the midfield for large patches of the game and when you looked beyond what was on the pitch for Villa, there was little Smith could turn to, to change the picture and give United something fresh to think about.

A chief need is pace down the flanks. While Cash will now add some to the right flank from deep, and the lively Ollie Watkins will be able to run the channels, some out-and-out attacking pace on the wings would be a big addition to improve Villa’s attacking arsenal.

An upgrade on the flanks would also give Smith more licence to reconsider Jack Grealish’s role as a number 10.

Goose Chase?

Supposed Villa transfer target Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica was thought to be that man, and while he still could be, it’s looking suspiciously like the Kosovar international may just become the new Hiroshi Kiyotake. Remember him? Another German Bundesliga player, that the Villa Twitterati obsessed over, as he grew into a clickbait poster boy that never set foot in Villa Park.

The fact that the Rashica deal hasn’t been wrapped up, despite all the speculation, tends to lead you to that conclusion at the moment.

Certainly if Villa bought in Rashica AND Traoré, Smith will certainly have some real options and it will create healthy competition for Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet. But with the mumurs of Villa’s FFP calculations over the last three years, that include Championship seasons, compromising the club’s wage structure – is it realistic to get both in?

Or is the reality, it’s one or the other? Rashica and Bremen stalled, so with the Premier League season about to kick-off for Villa, the club opted for Traoré?

No doubt the picture will become clearer this coming week.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I see that Rashica is now valued at £20m plus they’re having a laugh, a good player no doubt but for that money we would be better off signing Benrahma, I for one would be pleased to see the back of this saga.

  2. latest news is that Traore has signed for £17+ addons subject to a work permit , the Rashica saga is ongoing as he wants Champions league not a relegation battle but money might talk

  3. The best news yet now we can build a strong team around Jack. On another subject if Crystal Palace are tiring to negotiate a loan deal for Benrahma that indicates that Brentford might be up for a deal and Benrahma has said he’s not keen on a move to Palace so why not kick this Rashica saga into touch and go for him, no doubting he would join us.

  4. think the we hate Villa mob are spreading rumours to get fans worried , so we’ ll have to be patient a little longer

  5. Still concerned about Rashica his club are saying we haven’t made an offers as yet so not sure our club are being up front about this, I hope we end up signing him but it still seems that he is holding out for a top half club, which I don’t think will happen so maybe there’s a chance for us.
    Still 50/50 on Traore but looks like he’s signing so have to get behind him and hope for the best.

  6. Brumlive saying we’re after all 3 and word from Germany is we are after Rashica & tranfermarkt have increased probability from 43% yesterday to 48% today . And talk is there are agreed deals for other 2

  7. Like the way we play the wingers got a lot of defnsive responsibility. We are not good at keeping the ball at all, and yesterday we got lucky. Our full backs was really bad, hopefully will bring another left back for some competition. There is were the trouble starts.Cannot expect more from the wingers, unless htey bring in superman. Would also benefit from a central midfielder. Its worrying we cant keep posession at all.

  8. We desperately needed a new front 3 with Samatta, Trezeguet and El Ghazi all failing to do it regularly enough in the Prem.

    Rashica would be great for the left wing and Traore great for the right wing, with both enjoying cutting in on their stronger foot and both offering the kind of direct pace we’ve lacked all last season.

    I definitely think we’re in for both and if we’re not it means playing Grealish off the left all season again as Trezeguet and El Ghazi aren’t consistent enough to get us to where we want to go.

  9. If it’s one or the other my preference would be Rashica and if not him why not go for Benrahma DS knows him well and more importantly knows what he is capable of, I just hope that this Traoré signing doesn’t ruin the good work so far it doesn’t fill me with confidence and might just be a massive mistake. Hope I’m wrong but our league status depends on these signings.

  10. Maybe the reason for the recruitment is we need quality in the team as a balance to JG leaving and his leaving is funding much of the capital costs!

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