Thanks to several excellent performances as of late, both in the Eredivisie and in the Europa League, Chelsea loanee Bertrand Traoré has re-inserted himself into the Loan Army conversation. Currently, he is expected to join our pre-season preparations this summer, but according to a report from L'Equipe (via Inside Futbol), the path may not be so straightforward.
According to the report, the 21-year-old, whose contract expires in 2019, wants stability in his career. This is hardly a unique desire or situation for a talented young loanee to be in, and Traoré had already talked about earlier this season about his confusion and apparent unhappiness with getting loaned out this season after playing a decent part at Chelsea, albeit in a much worse team, last season. So if all Chelsea have in store for him is another loan, he’d rather just leave on a permanent move instead.
Chelsea would supposedly request at least €10 million from potential suitors, which seems rather low. Last week, less than reputable news outlet Foot Mercato reported that Traoré already has seven clubs keen on his services in Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Lyon, Valencia, RB Leipzig, Everton and Stoke City.
It would be a sad situation to lose Bertrand Traoré, especially after all the effort we had gone through to secure his signature initially, but alas, there’s not enough space for every young player and loanee to make it at the club.