Bertrand Traor will get his chance to impress Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho ahead of next season after being granted a work permit to ply his trade in England, whilst Mohamed Salaha s future increasingly looks like it will be in the Serie A with Juventus reportedly interested in the winger.
19-year-old Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traor could be in Chelseaa s first-team squad next season after being granted a work permit to play in England following an impressive season on loan at Dutch feeder club Vitesse Arnhem, where his 13 goals and 4 assists helped his side secure a third place finish in the Dutch Eredivisie and consequently, a spot in the UEFA Europa League for 2015/2016.
The Bluesa administrative sleight of hand ensured that the teenager was able to secure the work permit even as the FAa s more stringent work-permit rules came into effect on the 1st of May this year.
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Traor , who made his international debut aged 15, appeared in over 75% of Burkina Fasoa s senior competitive international fixtures for which he was available over the past two years a including this yeara s African Cup of Nations tournament a and was reportedly given the green light by the English FAa s newly formed exceptions panel to which his case was referred.
The news comes as a huge boost for Chelsea, and in particular, Jos Mourinho, who is reportedly a fan of the teenage attacker. Vitesse manager Peter Bosz was quoted by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf as saying, a Jos Mourinho is crazy about him. If the opportunity is there, theya d prefer to take him back.a
It appears as though the Premier League champions have done exactly that. Traor is a versatile attacking midfielder who can play in any of the three positions behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1, or indeed as the striker a it is in this role that he produced his best form for Vitesse in 2014/2015. Although it is unlikely that Mourinho will utilise him in that capacity in the Premier League given the imminent arrival of Radamel Falcao, he could retain the teenager in his squad to add depth to his attacking midfield options.
Chelsea fans might remember Traor from his exploits for the Blues in the pre-season tour leading up to the 2013/2014 Premier League season, where the then 17-year-old impressed with his composure and technical ability, scoring a special goal against an Indonesian All-Stars team from outside the box.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah appears destined for a move away from the Blues with Juventus reportedly entering the race for his signature. The Egyptian international was loaned to Serie A club Fiorentina in the winter transfer window earlier this year, and has the option of staying with the Viola for another season if he so wishes.
Reports in Italy suggest that Chelsea a who have placed a a 25m price tag on the African winger a could be fielding offers from up to three Serie A clubs, with Fiorentina, Inter Milan and now Juventus interested in securing Salah on a permanent basis. The Serie A champions have already made their ambition clear this summer with the additions of Paulo Dybala, Sami Khedira and most recently, Mario MandA?uki , and Salah could help further bolster their attacking options.
Despite his impressive loan spell at Fiorentina this year, it is unlikely that Chelsea manager Jos Mourinho will be interested in bringing Salah back to the club, with Colombian right-sided winger Juan Cuadrado signing for the Stamford Bridge outfit earlier this year.
Salah reportedly has until the 30th of June to decide whether or not he wishes to stay at Fiorentina. Whether at the Viola or elsewhere, however, it appears that the Egyptian speedster will be plying his trade in Italy come August.