Report: Everton in talks for Traore, conflicting claims emerge

Bertrand Traore of Olympique Lyonnais during the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Lille at Parc Olympique on May 5, 2019 in Lyon, France.

Everton are reportedly back in the mix for Bertrand Traore.

Bertrand Traore of Olympique Lyonnais during the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Lille at Parc Olympique on May 5, 2019 in Lyon, France.

According to Telefoot, Lyon are back in talks with Everton about a move to sell Bertrand Traore, just a week after Jean-Michel Aulas claimed no deal would be done.

Traore, 23, will be remembered by some Premier League fans from his stint with Chelsea, but he's really settled down and kicked on with Lyon.

The Burkina Faso international hit 11 goals and five assists last season, a slight drop in each area having smashed 18 goals and seven assists in his first term with the French side.

 

Everton have been looking to sign Traore, and it's claimed that talks are underway once again, a month since L'Equipe claimed the teams first spoke.

A move now would be something of a surprise though, as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed just over a week ago that no deal would be done.

Aulas – as quoted by GFFN – suggested that the door was absolutely shut on Traore leaving the club, but Everton seemingly aren't giving up just yet.

Bertrand Traore of Lyon during the Ligue 1 match between Nimes and Lyon on May 24, 2019 in Nimes, France.

It's clear that Marcel Brands and Marco Silva are looking for a left-footed right winger to bring some balance to the Everton side, with both David Neres and Cengiz Under recently linked too.

Traore would fit, especially having played Premier League football in the past, and his great pace would be a real asset – if they can tempt Lyon into selling.

Intriguingly though, this on-off saga took another turn today, as the Liverpool Echo refuted Telefoot's report, claiming that Traore isn't wanted at Goodison Park at all, meaning conflicting rumours are emerging. As a source so close to Everton, we're inclined to believe the Liverpool Echo on this one, even if the Telefoot report seems confident about talks happening.

Traore Bertrand of Lyon  during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique Lyonnais and SCO Angers on April 19, 2019 in Lyon, France.

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