Aston Villa have confirmed the arrival of winger Bertrand Traore from Lyon, with the Premier League outfit paying in the region of £20m for his services.
The 25-year-old made 35 appearances in all competitions for Lyon last season, but managed just the four goals and five assists. Despite his somewhat underwhelming 2019/20 campaign, Traore attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs this summer – including Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Fulham.
But it’s Aston Villa who have won the race for his signature, with the news being confirmed on the club’s official website. The Villans initially bid around €17m for his services, which was rejected, but they later returned with an improved £20m offer – which proved to be enough.
Speaking after the deal had been confirmed, Villa boss Dean Smith said: “We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa. He’s a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options.”
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