According to reports, Aston Villa transfer target Matias Vecino could be available for around £ 6million this summer.
What is the story?
Reports just before the January transfer window opened suggested the Uruguay international was a target for Dean Smith’s side as they sought to strengthen their midfield.
Now Italian publication CalcioMercato claims Vecino has been made available for a transfer this summer and that with his contract ending in 2022 he could be cleared to leave for just £ 6million.
The report adds that Inter are keen to offload him now, rather than losing him for free when his contract expires next year.
Perfect for Dean Smith
At the 29-year-old, Villa would sign a deep playmaker with a “formidable passing range” if a deal for the Uruguayan were to pass.
The £ 75,000-a-week Vecino appears to be a tailored midfielder for Smith given his ability to control the game and step in and tackle – according to Whoscored, the veteran’s career average of two tackles per game is considerably better than all of Villa’s current midfielder options this season in the Premier League, while only Ross Barkley can post better numbers than his 1.5 shots per game.
An ESPN profile said: “Part of Vecino’s charm is the fact that he tends to bring a little bit of everything to the table – something modern midfielders are increasingly called upon to do. He can pass well, he can tackle and is both physical and graceful: the former Empoli man has, in short, the necessary toolbox to not only shine in Italy, but (hopefully) also among the European elite.
Although Villa has been linked with a potential large sum of money for Sheffield United’s Sander Berge, Vecino’s experience and much cheaper price point surely makes him the kind of awesome bargain Johan Lange should be everywhere.
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