By Tom Blackburn
Fiorentina are confident of completing the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his website that Fiorentina are in talks with Villa about landing the Colombia international permanently as well as negotiating with the player over wages.
Di Marzio revealed on Tuesday afternoon that the Italian giants had tabled an offer to Villa to sign Sanchez initially on loan with an option to buy him permanently.
He now claims that Villa are only interested in a straight sale of the 30-year-old, which is believed to be acceptable to Fiorentina.
The Italian club are increasingly hopeful of clinching a deal for Sanchez, who they signed for Villa for £5million in 2014 from La Liga side Elche.
Sanchez has also been a transfer target for French side Marseille in recent weeks, but a deal has failed to materialise.
It is said that former QPR boss Sousa wants Fiorentina to add a midfielder to protect the defence and the club have set their sights on the Colombia international.
Following Villa’s relegation he is one of a number of players manager Roberto Di Matteo could sell in order to trim the club’s wage bill.
Meanwhile, midfield anchorman Idrissa Gueye is set to move to Premier League side Everton after the Merseyside club activated his £7,1 million release clause, while teammate Jordan Veretout could be set for a loan move to France.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Stan Collymore has used two words to describe the capture of Ross McCormack.