Aston Villa Sign Burkina Faso’s Traore From Lyon

Burkina Faso’s international, Bertrand Traore, has joined English Premier League side, Aston Villa, from Olympique Lyonnais.

The Villians announced the 25-year-old forward signing on Saturday but did not disclose financial details of the deal. However, news outlets in England said Burkinabé was signed for about £19m.

Villa’s manager, Dean Smith, in a statement on the club’s website, said the player would add extra firepower to their attacking options.

“We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa. He’s a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options,” he said.

Traore made 126 appearances for Lyon and scored 33 goals after his arrival from Chelsea in 2017.

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The player, who had previously gone on loan to Dutch clubs Vitesse and Ajax, expressed delight at his return to the English Premier League.

“I’m excited to be back in England,” Traore said.

“I always wanted to come back to the Premier League. I had to follow my own way as well and gain some more experience. And this is the right place for me to come back. It’s good.”

Traore’s signing follows the arrival of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal and striker Ollie Watkins from Championship side Brentford.

Villa, who escaped relegation on the final day of last season, will kick off their top-flight campaign at home to Sheffield United on Monday evening

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