Aston Villa’s £17million winger Bertrand Traore joins Istanbul Basaksehir on a shock loan move until the end of the season
ASTON VILLA has loaned striker Bertrand Traoré to Istanbul Başakşehir.
Traore joined Villa from Lyon in 2020 for a fee of £17million.
But he hasn’t managed to find a regular place in Villa’s first team so far.
The former Chelsea winger has played just 48 games over that two-year span, scoring eight times and providing seven assists.
Five of those appearances have come under Steven Gerrard since taking over at Villa.
And now the underdog 26-year-old will have the chance to thrive in Turkey with Basaksenir for the season.
Villa announced his short-term departure on Twitter where they wrote: “Good luck to Bertrand Traoré, who has joined İstanbul Başakşehir on a one-season loan.”
Traore’s move to Turkey comes as Villa’s move for Watford ace Ismaila Sarr fell apart.
The Villians were close to signing Sarr – but the transfer hit a snag in the eleventh hour.
The two sides failed to agree on personal terms, which led Villa to withdraw their £25m offer for the versatile winger.
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And the Telegraph say Steven Gerrard’s side are unlikely to make another offer unless there is a huge change in Sarr’s demands.
Villa’s urgent need to attack reinforcements was evident as they crumbled against Crystal Palace at the weekend.