Galatasaray and Fenerbahce could compete with Everton to take Lacina Traore on loan from Monaco next season, FootballDirectNews.com understands.
The 23-year-old has been at Goodison Park for the second half of this campaign, though injuries have limited him to just two appearances in all competitions and his future for next year remains uncertain as the summer transfer window approaches. Still, reports today suggest the Toffees are keen to take the Ivory Coast international on loan again next season as they look set to lose another loan star in Romelu Lukaku, who is expected to return to parent club Chelsea or move elsewhere this summer.
However, they will likely face competition from Turkish duo Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, who are both in the market for new signings upfront ahead of next season, with the former having shown some interest in the player in the past.
Their interest is greater now as they look set to bid farewell to star striker Didier Drogba when his contract expires, and manager Roberto Mancini has seemingly identified Traore as a similar goal threat and physical presence upfront. We’ll do what we can to get Traore back, an Everton insider revealed. “But it won’t be easy, Galatasaray are keen on him to replace Drogba, and Fenerbahce are also in the running. “
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