“Lyon has always been an impressive club, with big players and a great history. It is an honour for me to play here.” These are the words of former Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore as he completed a five-year deal to join Olympique Lyon.
After spending recent seasons on loan at Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax, Traore will now move to the French league to play for Lyon, having signed a contract on a contract until 2022.
Traore showed his potential while on loan with Vitesse Arnhem and Lyon, and in the few games he played for Chelsea under Guus Hiddink, the Burkina Faso international made his mark and even scored a wonder goal against Stoke City that was a contender for the goal of the season award for Chelsea.
Traore has shown potentials to make it at the top and with regular game time for Lyon, he could actualise his potential. But did the club insert a buyback clause in his deal?
Reports have suggested that his transfer fee of £8.8m includes a sell-on clause and other potential add-ons. But there have been conflicting reports on the buyback clause situation.
According to the Daily Mail, Traore’s switch to Lyon could be worth up to £16million, with Chelsea due 15 per cent of any profit the French club make on the fee should they sell him down the line. Chelsea also inserted a buy-back option in the deal, Daily Mail claim.
However, reports suggest Chelsea do not have an (official/legally binding) buyback clause for Traoré as these clauses are not allowed by the French FA.
Hopefully, there’s a buyback clause in his deal, as Traore isn’t one that we’d one to lose for free.