Burnley close to signing Trafford and Coulibaly

Newly promoted Burnley are closing in on the signings of goalkeeper James Trafford and defender Soumaila Coulibaly.

Multiple reports have come out that Burnley have agreed a deal with Manchester City to sign goalkeeper James Trafford for an initial fee of £15 million. This fee could rise up to £20 million with add-ons.

Trafford graduated from City’s youth academy but never made his debut for the Blues.

The 20-year-old is currently competing in the ongoing U21 World Cup for England and has spent last season on loan at League One side Bolton Wanderers. Prior to that he also spent a year on loan at Accrington Stanley.

Many rate him very highly as a star for the future and hence City have included a 20% sell-on clause as well as a buy-back clause in his contract.

The youngster has already impressed in both his loan spells and also for England U21 as he is yet to concede a goal for the Three Lions in their run to the semi-finals of the U21 World Cup.

The Clarets are also close to completing a loan deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Soumaila Coulibaly. This deal is set to have a mandatory buy clause which would oblige Burnley to buy the Frenchman for a fee in the region of £15 million.

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Burnley do not have to pay this transfer sum until the 20-year-old’s loan deal expires, but they will not have the option of letting him go.

Coulibaly is a product of the PSG academy but joined Dortmund after his contract with the Parisians expired. He joined in 2021 and played for Dortmund’s junior team BVB II before making his debut for the senior team in 2022.

Vincent Kompany is looking to bring in interesting young talent to Burnley to mould them into Premier League players. Neither of these two players have proved their worth at the highest level yet but may get the chance to do so at Turf Moor.

Burnley are looking to stay up in the top flight after a year’s stay in the Championship and have been working on improving their squad with multiple new acquisitions.

They have already signed goalkeeper Lawrence Vigoroux from Leyton Orient and Dara O’Shea from West Bromwich Albion. They have also permanently signed Jordan Beyer from Borussia Monchengladbach after his successful year-long loan at Turf Moor last season.