Reports claim Everton still have high hopes of landing Bertrand Traore from Lyon during the summer transfer window despite the French club seemingly ruling out his departure.
Top clubs around Europe have been targeting the Ligue 1 outfit since the end of last season, with Tanguy Ndombele expected to join Tottenham in a £65million deal. Left-back Ferland Mendy, meanwhile, has already departed, moving to Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £47.1million.
And, with Nabil Fekir also tipped for an exit, it is going to leave Brazilian manager Sylvinho short of numbers and star quality heading into the new campaign. President Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that there will be no further big-name exits from Groupama Stadium, saying, as per Foot01: “The door is closed for Bertrand Traore.”
However, AS are reporting that Toffees director of football Marcel Brands is still confident that a deal can be done if the clubs can agree a price. It remains to be seen what happens but the Goodison Park outfit could certainly do with the attacking midfielder in their ranks.
He has bagged 20 goals from 64 French top-flight outings since moving to Lyon in 2017 and Marco Silva would welcome the additional more flair in his squad. It is thought that Everton will table a 25m euros bid for the Burkina Faso international although that will probably need to be increased for any transfer to be competed.
Silva is hoping for better fortunes in 2019-20 after last year’s mediocre showing and Everton can be backed at 5.25 to finish in the top six.