Former-Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore admits Manchester United is possible in the future

by Harry Robinson

Former-Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore has admitted a move to Manchester United may be possible in the coming years.

The 22-year-old left the Premier League champions to join Olympique Lyonnais on a permanent deal last summer, and has impressed with the French club.

He made just 16 appearances for Chelsea, spending most of his time away from Stamford Bridge on loan in the Netherlands, at partner club Vittesse Arnhem and Ajax.

Speaking to Onze Mundial, Traore said: “Manchester United? Why not? I will work hard and, if opportunities open, why not?”

Now Man United manager Jose Mourinho gave Traore his debut at Chelsea back in 2015. Since joining Lyon, Traore’s scored six goals in 16 games for the Ligue 1 club.

At 22, Traore is young and has potential. So are Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, many would point out, and even Romelu Lukaku is just 24 even after many seasons of Premier League experience.

Do United need more forwards with potential, or does Mourinho need an instant addition of world-class quality to his forward line? That’s what must be asked.

Of course, no one has yet suggested that Traore will be on United’s wishlist in January or next summer.

The Reds do need greater impetus in attack, severely lacking creativity with the absence of Paul Pogba in midfield recently. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is woefully underperforming, Martial and Rashford cannot always produce.

Traore has the rest of the season to prove Chelsea wrong, which is his aim, and maybe that will result in interest sparking from United. The interest from his end is clearly there.

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