Bertrand Traoré linked to Chelsea return

Burkinabé winger Bertrand Traoré has been linked to a return to London club Chelsea FC, according to reports from Sky.

Traoré moved to Lyon from Chelsea in the summer of 2017 for £8.8 million.

What makes the move more likely is that as part of the sale, Chelsea have a buy-back clause, which means that Chelsea can purchase him at a discounted price. They also have a first-refusal clause, which allows the Blues to match any offer that Lyon accepts for him.

Traoré was a Chelsea first team player from 2014 to 2017. After a loan stint at Vitesse, he made 10 league appearances for Chelsea in the 2015/16 season, scoring two goals. He also had 2 goals in 3 appearances in the FA Cup that season.

Traore celebrating after scoring for Chelsea in the Premier League.

Despite his strong performances, he was loaned out to Holland once again, this time to Ajax for the 2016/17 season. Traoré really hit top form at the Amsterdam club, scoring 13 goals in 38 matches in all competitions.

He really shined with Ajax in the UEFA Europe League, helping the team reach the finals and being awarded a place in the tournament’s squad of the season.

Chelsea cashed in Traoré’s good form, selling him to Lyon for £8.8 million in the summer.

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Despite leaving Chelsea in 2017, he made headlines in 2019 when Chelsea were slammed with a transfer ban by FIFA after they investigated the London club’s signing of Traoré as a youth player in 2010.

Traoré joined Chelsea’s academy from Auxerre in 2010, rejecting Manchester United in the process. This move was deemed to be illegal by FIFA, as he was under 18 at the time.

Chelsea are able to purchase players this Winter transfer window after their transfer ban was reduced by the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). It would be very ironic if their first signing was for the player who caused them to get banned originally.

The Burkina Faso international has 32 goals and 15 assists in 112 appearances for Lyon.