Following a successful medical and meeting with Sporting Director Johan Lange in Copenhagan last week, Traore had returned to France to await the outcome of a work permit application.
With the formalities completed, the club have now confirmed that the Lyon forward will join immediately on a deal reported to be worth up to £19m. Initially Villa will pay £17m, with £2m in potential add-ons outstanding to his former club.
Traore has enjoyed 3 good seasons in France after struggling to break through as a youngster at Chelsea. The 25 year old is well known to John Terry, Villa’s assistant, and has already remarked how he returns to the Premier League a more developed and complete footballer.
“I think I’m coming back [to the Premier League] as a better player, with more experience, and this is the right place for me to come back.”Bertrand Traore – AVFC Twitter
The forward arrives at Villa Park with a decent CV but more importantly, the top level experience Dena Smith need to improve the squad. It was a narrow escape from relegation last term, but the clubs survival and subsequent summer recruitment must now be the catalyst to kick on.
Whilst stints at Chelsea and Ajax can arguably be considered development years for Traore, his time at Lyon saw the Burikina Faso international regularly competing at the top level of the domestic and European game. He arrives at Villa Park both in his prime and with something perhaps to prove.
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