By Harvey Byrne

European giants Monaco have held “brief talks” with the representatives of Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail have claimed on their website that the 23-year-old is attracting the attentions of a number of Ligue 1 clubs, including league winners Monaco.

The Frenchman is also said to be available this summer as Steve Bruce looks to balance the books.

Amavi was close to joining Sevilla last month and a deal was agreed before a last minute breakdown, which the La Liga side claimed to be for medical reasons, but Villa are stating otherwise.

This is detailed not to have deterred the French clubs and alongside Monaco, Marseille are said to be monitoring his situation at Villa Park closely.

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Amavi himself completed a move to the Midlands giants in the summer of 2015 for a fee of £9million from Nice.

He still has three years remaining on his contract at the club and has played in 48 matches in total, returning four assists.

Football Insider verdict:

A player of Amavi’s talents should be able to run riot in the Championship, but with Neil Taylor also in the Aston Villa team Bruce clearly believes the former France Under-21 international to be surplus to requirements. It has also been made clear that the Midlands giants are looking to balance the books throughout the summer, but the club have very few saleable assets who they can make any money from, which forced them into letting a solid performer in Nathan Baker leave last week. Now, Amavi is certainly able to command a seven-figure fee at the least and that could be one reason for why the club are so open to him leaving this summer.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Tony Xia has responded to speculation that the club want to sign this Wolves ace.

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