Aston Villa Transfer News: Jordan Amavi courts interest from Champions League Napoli & switches agent.

Jordan Amavi, unbelievably subject to an unverified £25 million interest in the last window (yeah, right!), is once again attracting rumours.

Tellingly, Amavi has recently changed his agent; not an action you would expect from anyone looking to stay put.

The Frenchman has switched to Paris based Classico Sports Management, who upon inspection of their client list hold strong interests in Ligue 1.  As an aside, they also have the decidedly poor former Villa midfielder Yacouba Sylla is on their books as well.

This would give some foundation to the likelihood that Amavi’s destination, given his lack of development, would be back in France.

Whilst previous reports have linked the Amavi to Marseille, Liverpool & even China, those rumours have cooled after a colossal loss of form for Villa in The Championship.

Indeed, an inability to shine in the second tier of English football & stalled progress after suffering a serious injury on international duty has made many observer’s minds up.

Villa’s biggest challenge will be 23 year olds wages [albeit reduced due to a relegation clause in 2016] & the club likely desiring to recoup some of the extraordinary £9/£10 million outlay on the original fee.  Nice work Tom Fox

It remains to be seen whether the latest suitors, Italian Champions League outfit Napoli would be prepared to pay anything near the above valuations.

KEY FACTS

  • Joined Villa for a £10 million fee from Nice.
  • Currently 3 years into a 5 year deal.
  • Position: Left fullback/Wingback/Left midfield.
  • French youth/U21 international.
  • Suffered cruciate knee injury in November 2015.
  • Has been dropped in favour of Neil Taylor at Villa Park
  • 35 Appearances in 2016/17 season.
  • Steve Bruce reportedly keen to retain Amavi.

BRUCE ON AMAVI

Anyone who comes back from a cruciate injury, in my opinion, you never see them back to their best until they’ve played for six months.

VERETOUT ON AMAVI

He is an excellent defender – the complete defender in terms of his qualities.

He can play with both feet, he defends very strongly but he also loves to attack. He is comfortable on the ball. He is very quick too – great pace. That is a dangerous weapon.

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