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Lyon closing in on Chelsea forward Traore

18 June 2017, 02:10 | Lucia Cruz

GETTYLyon are keen on signing Bertrand Traore

Bertrand Traore

Traore, a 21-year-old Burkina Faso worldwide, enjoyed an impressive season on loan at Ajax this year, with his energy-filled performances in the Dutch side's run to the Europa League final putting a number of European sides on high alert.

The 21-year-old scored 14 goals and the Dutch were among a host of clubs keen to take him on a permanent deal.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that he is confident of sealing a deal for Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore.

Speaking at the unveiling of Brazilian full-back Fernando Marcal today, Aulas told reporters he wanted to sign Traore but faced competition from other clubs.

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Chelsea and Lyon have continued to hold talks over the transfer of Bertrand Traore and they are hoping to reach an agreement in the coming days. "The contact is very advanced, but many clubs are interested".

Despite his chances of becoming a regular at Stamford Bridge being in some doubt, the Burkino Faso worldwide revealed he was hopeful of being at Chelsea next season.

"We absolutely want to complete this deal", Aulas said.

The forward managed to make 16 appearances across all competitions last season for Chelsea - mostly under interim boss Guus Hiddink towards the back-end of the 2015/16 campaign - before heading to Ajax for another loan spell.



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