Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol has claimed in his column that Bertrand Traore will be allowed to leave Champions League side Lyon, and Newcastle United, Leicester City, Everton and Crystal Palace are all interested.
Traore, 24, joined Lyon in the summer of 2017 from Chelsea for a fee of just £9million (Sky Sports), after coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge. He scored four goals in 16 appearances for the Blues.
Since then, he has had a hand in 50 goals during 126 Lyon outings – scoring 33 and creating 17. But his game time has reduced of late, remaining an unused substitute as Lyon progressed into the Champions League quarter finals.
He is likely to remain with Lyon until the end of their Champions League campaign. Now, it is believed he will be sold if the right offer comes in – and Newcastle, Leicester, Everton and Palace are all interested.
TBR’s view – Traore has bags of pace and trickery
But his end product is likely to prove a question mark for those interested in his signature. His first season at Lyon promised much, netting 18 goals in 43 games and creating seven in that time.
The last 12 months have proved more difficult, netting just four throughout 2019-20. If he is to join a new team, they will have to restore his confident and give him regular game time.
Leicester may struggle to do that, while Traore could prove to be a replacement for Wilf Zaha – should the latter leave. At Everton and Newcastle, Traore has a chance of starting. It remains to be seen how much he would cost.