Everton & Lyon’s Bertrand Traore
French broadcasters Telefoot have broken a fresh story on Sunday: Everton are in talks with Lyon over Bertrand Traore.
Now 23, Bertrand Traore is under contract at Lyon until 2022.
Last season Traore made 34 appearances for OL in Ligue 1, scoring seven goals and contributing three assists.
In total, Traore scored 11 goals in 48 matches in all competitions in 2018-19.
A double nutmeg!
— Goal (@goal) August 12, 2018
So what do we know about the Everton & Bertrand Traore story?
All Telefoot report is that “according to our information, OL is currently discussing the transfer of Bertrand Traore with Everton.”
There’s no mention of Traore’s price tag, nor any details about his possible contract with Everton.
Bertrand Traore & Chelsea
Bertrand Traore has history in the Premier League, having formerly signed for Chelsea.
Chelsea signed Traore when he was under 18-years-old, as the Blues paid £400,000 for the Burkina Faso forward.
However, Traore’s time at Chelsea contributed to the current transfer embargo placed on the Blues.
As previously revealed by Mediaset, the way Chelsea signed Traore breached FIFA guidelines on signing teenagers.
Will Lyon sell Bertrand Traore to Everton?
Lyon are known for being something of a selling club in France.
Previously Arsenal have signed Alexandre Lacazette from OL, while Tottenham may land Tanguy Ndombele this summer. (More here.)
Meanwhile, Ferland Mendy has joined Real Madrid from Lyon for 48 million euros.
So do Lyon need to sell Traore to Everton? One suspects the French club aren’t under much financial pressure to make the deal happen.
Lyon President Aulas: “We are able to spend €100m on the transfer market every year. I don’t know if we will, but we have that financial capability.” (Le Progrès)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 30, 2019
Everton’s striker search
From Everton’s perspective, does Traore fit the bill as the club look for fresh attacking options in 2019-20?
On Sunday, the Liverpool Echo have confirmed Everton’s next target:
Everton are in the market to sign a new forward this summer as Marcel Brands and Marco Silva look to enhance the squad ahead of next season.
Everton have already signed Andre Gomes from Barcelona.