Alain Traore was all set for a stunning season before a cruel injury got in the way. However it is still believed he will be hot property in the summer but could the presence of his brother give Chelsea the edge over Arsenal?
It comes after a recovery from a nasty hamstring tear picked up in at African Cup of Nations where he impressed with three goals in a little over two games after being stretchered off 11 minutes into the final Group Game tie with Zambia.
As it was his Burkina Faso side went on to the final without him and were it not for his injury we may very well have crowned an entirely different new king nation of African football.
Such was the impression his performances made he began to see his name linked with several big clubs from across Europe with the strongest link being to Arsenal.
Not only was he in form for his national team but the forward was having a good campaign for Lorient as well. Partnering former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliardiere up front he managed to score six goals in 13 appearances for the side this season before injury halted his progress.
Arsenal seem to have an advantage when it comes to this respective signature. Wenger has a strong link with the Britanny side and that could give him the edge when it comes to his potential signing.
However if another London club wanted to take a gamble on the 24-year-old they too may hold all the cards.
Chelsea will certainly be looking to bring in one and perhaps two new strikers this summer as Fernando Torres continues to disappoint for The Blues.
So with a marquee signing like Falcao or Cavani on the cards bringing in Traore to alleviate the pressure on such a new recruit and Demba Ba would certainly make sense.
It would also help out one of their controversial youth team players; Bertrand Traore.
The 17-year-old has been controversial figure and as we revealed earlier in the year while not playing regularly the attacking midfielder is still in the clubs plans and has banged in the goals in unsanctioned matches and friendlies this season.
However unlike his elder brother he does not hold a French passport so gaining a work permit for the player has been impossible; although the nations recent success has elevated them into qualifying criteria in regards to FIFA’s World Rankings.
So if it was to become a race between the two London rivals a little bit of brotherly love may just be the ticket for Chelsea to get a solid and versatile squad player.
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