The French sport outlet's track record for veracity has been chequered in recent years but they claim that the two clubs are in talks over the potential transfer of the former Chelsea man who is said to be valued at around €40m, although it's unlikely the fee would be anything like that high.
The report suggests that the Blues have been watching the 23-year-old Burkina Faso international for some time.
Some local fans regard Traore as having enormous potential but his lack of consistency and one-footedness have held him back from making the kind of impact they had expected of him.
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1 Posted 01/06/2019 at 00:58:38
Let's get him signed up.
2 Posted 01/06/2019 at 01:29:33
3 Posted 01/06/2019 at 02:40:31
Seriously though we are linked with Traore, Malcolm, Brahimi and Davis Neres, all decent players but I would be surprised if we landed any of them, then there is Leandro Trossard, be interesting come the start of the new season, how many have been shipped out, and who, if any, have come in.
4 Posted 01/06/2019 at 03:18:50
Firstly, we must sell Walcott, Bolasie, Mirallas, and Sandro. 4 wages in this position that we simply can't afford, then replace these players with one Traore type talent, and Lookman.
A choice of Richarlison and Lookman on the right, with Bernard and Traore on the left would certainly make Saturday afternoons more enjoyable.
5 Posted 01/06/2019 at 07:31:11
Hes fast and a good dribbler though very reliant on his left foot.
He may appeal as a player who could potentially play across the front 3 and be a genuine alternative to DCL. He started at ST 7 times last year (with 3 goals) and played there quite a lot for Ajax.
As a versatile striker/winger he could be a good choice. Though if we were looking for a pure winger Id rather punt for Malcolm who looks like he could be top class if given game time.
6 Posted 01/06/2019 at 08:37:10
There are also potential youngsters coming through like Nathan Broadhead, who must have some potential or why bother getting excited about success in the Under 23s? Do we really need to spend a large sum in this position? I'd be much happier to hear we had spent €40m on securing Gomes or Zouma.
7 Posted 01/06/2019 at 08:46:56
I would see him replacing Walcott (whom we can then sell), and coming off the bench as an impact sub along with Lookman.
Having Bernard on the left and Richarlison on the right leading the line is still the best IMHO.
8 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:05:33
I'm inclined to agree with you and was thinking the same but sadly I guess we have to be well covered in the event of, say, Richarlison being lured away. He seems to be very pro-Everton right now but if we do not show serious signs of moving onwards and upwards, it will not take much.
A bit of a Catch-22 really because we need to keep these players here to make that progress. Good luck to Brands, Silva and the rest of the management team with entrenching the confidence, getting the stadium up and running, and making it happen.
9 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:08:49
10 Posted 01/06/2019 at 09:14:23
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12 Posted 01/06/2019 at 10:40:30
13 Posted 01/06/2019 at 10:44:03
I really do despair at not knowing what is true and what is newspaper manufactured.
14 Posted 01/06/2019 at 11:11:10
From my eyed, we have Richarlison and Bernard. Lookman there remain doubts.
Then we have lots of deadwood who need to be moved on.
So if Richarlison got a bad injury, for example, who would we play or would that be another season wrecked? Of course we need anothet winger/wide-forward.
15 Posted 01/06/2019 at 11:15:04
Perhaps it means Richarlison is off or perhaps its bollocks.
The only place we should spend that kind of dough is centre forward although admittedly the backup wing options arent strong enough to challenge the incumbents.
16 Posted 01/06/2019 at 12:41:12
17 Posted 01/06/2019 at 13:08:51
And going after a wide-forward doesn't mean not signing a centre-forward either, it is possible to do both.
Also, what's a cultured midfielder? One who goes the Tate after games? One who has a blog about wine tasting? And why 2 of them? By the logic of we already have, we are quite a bit more overloaded in the middle than anywhere else. Schneiderlin, Davies, Gueye, Siggy all likely to be involved in the first team next season. I'd say we need 1 midfielder - Gomes or an other, and would also hope for Vlasic to be added tot he squad as back up to Siggy.
18 Posted 01/06/2019 at 14:50:36
Now we may indeed have four wide players/wingers at the moment but there may be plans to get rid of one or more of those in this transfer window.
I don't believe we'll spend £30 plus on a backup though so if Traore was to be bought at £30m plus, it's as a starter for sure.
19 Posted 01/06/2019 at 15:03:28
Maybe the days of the big number 9 are coming to an end if you look at what City and the RS are achieving with a "front 3" as opposed to "two wingers and a big man"
20 Posted 01/06/2019 at 16:12:05
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22 Posted 02/06/2019 at 18:57:43
23 Posted 02/06/2019 at 19:04:52
Lukaku's head has grown so big the weight is now preventing him from putting a shift in. Not that he ever did BTW.
I know he can score goals but who wants his attitude around the dressing room now that we appear to have refound our team spirit.
He can go and play mercenary around the world with his buddy Pogba or maybe they can form their own two man team.
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