The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern had very high expectations for Bertrand Traore, but it appears as though his time at Chelsea is coming to an end…
According to Tele Sport, the Blues are said to have agreed a deal worth €19 million (£16.6 million) with Lyon for the transfer of Traore, who impressed last season whilst on loan at Ajax.
Plucked from obscurity in 2013, Traore was brought to Stamford Bridge with a lot of expectation and hype, with many fans in the pub delighted when he finally joined the Blues. He immediately came in and made an impact, impressing during pre-season and leaving many expecting him to become a star.
Indeed, a loan to Vitesse followed and another impressive spell earned him a role within the Chelsea first team, where he had a mixed spell under difficult circumstances characterised by a lack of opportunities. This proved to be his downfall in a Chelsea shirt, with another loan – this time to Ajax – making Traore just another name in a long list of talented young on-loan Chelsea players.
Now, with Chelsea’s Conte revolution in full swing, the Italian has clearly decided that Traore is not a part of his plans, and with rumours linking the Blues with a move for Romelu Lukaku, it is tough to see where he would fit in.
That being said, our landlord is hoping that Chelsea will insert a buy-back clause into any deal for Traore, as he is clearly a talented player with bags of potential.
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