Villa agree £17m deal for Lyon’s Traore

Villa have also had a £16m bid accepted for Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez

Last Updated: 13/09/20 6:46pm

Bertrand Traore has been at Lyon for three years after moving from Chelsea
Bertrand Traore has been at Lyon for three years after moving from Chelsea

Aston Villa have agreed a £17m deal with Lyon to sign forward Bertrand Traore.

Traore, who knows Villa coach John Terry from his time at Chelsea, is set for a medical with the Premier League club in the next few days.

Villa have been actively looking for a new forward and were linked with a move for Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica.

The German club want a fee in the region of £18.5m (€20m) for the Kosovo international, who was linked to RB Leipzig earlier this summer.

Villa are set to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal for £16m
Villa are set to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal for £16m

Villa are also set to announce the signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal after having a £16m bid accepted on Saturday.

Villa have already broken their transfer record to sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford on a five-year deal, while Matty Cash has also joined on a five-year deal from Nottingham Forest.

More to follow…

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Aston Villa 2020/21: A season to consolidate?

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Whether that’s with talisman Jack Grealish, or with the funds his transfer could generate, remains to be seen, but the feeling is the club have got the hardest part out of the way already: Premier League survival in their first season back.

It was an odd campaign for Dean Smith’s Villa – big summer spending, lots of hope, then injury, tactical naivety and a lack of cohesion. But it culminated in a valiant effort to secure survival on the last day. One thing is for sure, expectation at Villa Park is big, and fans won’t be expecting another dog fight. The focus on 2020/21 is build, build, build.

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