Aston Villa submit eight-figure bid for Ligue 1 player

Bertrand Traore celebrates with the Lyon players

Aston Villa will have to wait until next week to finally kick off their Premier League campaign.

It's a torrid prolonged period having to wait and watch the rest of the division play their first games, but there is still plenty of reasons to be positive for the Villans.

Villa took on Manchester United in a pre-season friendly on Saturday and their new record signing Ollie Watkins got off to an ideal start.

He scored against United as Dean Smith's men ran out 1-0 winners.

It continues a promising pre-season period for Aston Villa who also beat Arsenal in a friendly a few weeks ago.

Of course, these games mean little besides extra match fitness, but if they can keep turning in these types of performances, they'll be well set to avoid relegation.

Add the imminent acquisition of Emi Martinez to the squad and they will be even better. He had a medical with the club on Saturday and is set to be available when they face Sheffield United in over a weeks time. 

Dean Smith

It wouldn't be a great surprise if sporting director Johan Lange brought in a few more faces before that outing.

He's submitted a bid for Josh King while an offer has also now gone in for a forward in Ligue 1.

That's according to Foot Mercato who reported over the weekend that Aston Villa had lodged a bid of €17m (£15.7m) for Bertrand Traore. 

Unfortunately, that offer has been rejected by Lyon, who are seeking for a higher fee in order to let Traore depart. 

They supposedly want a €25m (£23.1m) before considering an exit for Traore. 

Fulham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have all been touted with making a move for the 25-year-old.

Bertrand Traore

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Traore hasn't been in England since departing Chelsea in 2017.

He was thought of as an "exceptional" player while he was coming through the ranks with the Blues but was rarely afforded an opportunity at Stamford Bridge.

He left Chelsea having made just ten Premier League outings but since then, he's matured into a dangerous player.

The Burkina Faso international scored 13 in 39 matches for Ajax and has been impressive at Lyon. 

Traore has a record of 33 goals and 17 assists during his three years in France and has the ability to beat players for fun.

Bertrand Traore vs Lille

Last term in the Champions League, he racked up 2.2 successful dribbles a match. In Ligue 1, meanwhile, he managed 1.4

If you compare that to the rest of the Villa squad, only Jack Grealish and John McGinn have more, so the addition of Traore would certainly add something the overall squad lacks.

A winger by trade, Smith could probably do with a few more bodies there given Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi's record of ten goals last term. 

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