By Matt Farr
La Liga giants Sevilla have made an approach for Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Marca claim that Villa have received an opening offer worth £5.3million for the 23-year-old’s signature.
However, it is understood that the Championship club are looking for a seven-figure fee closer to £9million, and it is likely that Sevilla will see their approach rejected.
Villa paid £9million to sign Amavi from French outfit Nice in 2015, and manager Steve Bruce will be looking to at least recoup their initial transfer fee in any potential sale.
Amavi was a regular feature of the first-team squad during the 2016-17 season, making 36 appearances in all competitions as Villa finished 13th in the Championship.
But the former France Under-21 international faces fierce competition for a starting role next term from winter arrival Neil Taylor, and could be offloaded this summer as Bruce trims his squad.
Sevilla, meanwhile, are in the market for a new left-back after Benoit Tremoulinas was released by the club at the end of his contract, and director of football Oscar Arias has identified Amavi as an ideal candidate.
Football Insider verdict
Aston Villa already have a ready-made replacement at left-back in Taylor, but allowing Amavi to leave would still see Steve Bruce dip into the transfer market for cover. Amavi has been an adequate addition to the ranks at Villa Park, but he often failed to go that extra mile with his performances. He is still young and can still improve, but as long as Villa can negotiate a deal to see them get the bulk of their money back on the player, it should be a decent bit of business by the club.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, in the latest betting update the club are the favourites to sign this 78-time international.