The teenage winger arrives at Villa Park having established himself as one of Barcelona's most exciting prospects in recent seasons.
Born in Catalonia to Malian parents, the skilful winger rose through the rank to emerge as one of the Spanish giants’ most exciting prospects, before making his La Liga debut in November 2013.
Strong competition for places would see him earn just three further appearances for the senior squad over the following 18 months but, in the meantime, the former Spain Under-19 international’s performances for the B team have earned him rave reviews.
Establishing himself as one of the side’s star men, the 5ft 10in wide man racked up 10 goals and 18 assists in 63 games in the Spanish second division over the past two seasons, while recording a hugely impressive 243 successful dribbles last term – 63 more than anyone else in Europe [h/t Opta].
With the B team dropping down to the third tier, though, and no room for him in Barcelona’s main squad, the time had come for Traore to move on this summer and, having been convinced that Villa is the best place for his development, the La Masia graduate is excited to begin the next chapter of his career in the “top league in the world”.
“Hopefully you will see my best features when I play,” he told AVTV. “I think I am explosive and fast when I run with the ball.
“However, at my age, I feel I can improve on everything while I am here and I will have to work day by day to improve every feature of my game, including tactically, for example.
“I want to be better and become a top player.
“I know the team and the way they play. I have been studying it and speaking to the manager about it. I know there are some players that speak Spanish and that will help me. I also know that there are some players who speak French, and I also speak that.
“I know the specialties of the team and think it will be easy for me to adapt.”
Among several clubs, Traore was said to have fielded rival offers from Liverpool and Stoke in recent weeks [h/t Daily Mail] but Villa boss Tim Sherwood presented him with the most exciting proposal.
"When I first spoke to the manager, I had a very good impression of what he wants from me, so all of these things made this club very attractive to me,” he added. “For me, it is a pleasure to wear the shirt.
“It is the top league in the world and what every professional player wants is to have the chance to come and play here for a club like Aston Villa.
“After visiting Villa Park, I felt excited about playing in the Premier League at this stadium but, most of all, excited about playing for a club that wants me.
“It was a pleasure visiting the stadium. I had a great impression of it, seeing it at night from the stands. It will be incredible to see it full. I will work hard to have the chance to step onto the pitch as much as possible and be able to view it from the inside.”
Traore’s five-year contract with Villa reserves Barcelona the right to buy him back during the first three seasons of the deal but, given his enormous potential, that seems like a gamble well worth taking for the club to secure the services of one of Europe’s most exciting prospects.
Sherwood's 10th summer signing, he is not believed to be eligible for tonight’s Premier League clash against Manchester United at Villa Park but is set to be unveiled to fans before the game.