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19th May, 2017 | 6:43pm

Talks ongoing: Euro giants discuss £8.5m defender deal with Aston Villa – report

By Aramide Oladipo

La Liga giants Atlético Madrid have opened discussions with Aston Villa over bringing fullback Jordan Amavi to the club in the summer transfer window, according to a report.

L’Équipe claim that Diego Simeone wants to have a player available in the back-up position at left-fullback, with Theo Hernandez likely on his way following a successful loan spell at La Liga side Alavés.

The report mentions that the Madrid side have opened discussions with Aston Villa about the potential of signing the 23-year-old French defender and it’s understood that the player will be allowed to leave for a fee between £8.5million and £10million.

L’Equipe also reports that Serie A side Napoli are another club interested in making a move for the Frenchman.

This news follows up from the story in the Telegraph where Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce warned of a massive clear out at the club – Amavi was one of the names mentioned.

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Aston Villa signed the youngster from Ligue 1 side Nice at the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign and the Frenchman made 10 Premier League appearances in his debut season with the club and provided two assists.

It didn’t turn out to be the dream move that he had been hoping for as Villa were relegated to the Championship after a dismal season where they only picked 17 points.

Amavi stayed at the club and he’s been a regular in the side this season, making a total of 36 appearances in all competitions.

Football Insider verdict

Fullback Jordan Amavi will definitely have his head turned by the interest shown in him from a club such as Atlético Madrid. Diego Simeone is one of the best managers in the world at the moment and working with the Argentine boss will only help improve Amavi as a footballer but especially as a defender. With Steve Bruce looking to offload a number of his current squad, he will be looking to wrap this deal up as quickly as possible as £10million is a lot of money for a player who hasn’t proved himself at the top level. It seems that it’s a win-win situation for both parties involved.

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