This summer it looks as though Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout will be a wanted man. It is being reported by Le Foot sur 7 that a host of clubs are keen on signing the player this summer.
The likes of Marseille and Lyon are keen on bringing him back to France, but Italian giants Inter Milan are also said to be keen on the player. The report claims they could even offer Fiorentina their striker Eder as part of any deal.
All of this will make for alarming reading for Aston Villa fans.
The 25-year-old joined Villa in the summer of 2015 from Nantes. He decided to join Villa ahead of Leicester City, who of course went on to win the Premier League that season. According to the Express and Star the Midlands club paid around £9 million to sign the player from Nantes and the France under-21 international was tipped for big things in English football.
However, that did not prove to be the case. He played 29 times for Aston Villa in 2015-16, as they finished woefully behind the rest of the Premier League crop. The Villans finished rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 17 points and three wins all season.
For Veretout it was a poor campaign in England and he was soon heading back to France, joining Saint-Etienne on loan.
Which is where Aston Villa fans should start to get frustrated. Suddenly, the Frenchman found his talent yet again and was excellent for Les Verts last season, earning a move to Fiorentina.
That form has continued and Aston Villa fans now have to stand back and watch as some of Europe’s top clubs clamour for his signature.
Just like players like Idrissa Gana Gueye and Jordan Amavi, the Frenchman has gone on to prove himself more than capable of being a regular at Villa Park, after being moved on.
If he does go on to become a star for the Nerazzurri, Aston Villa fans will undoubtedly wonder why they never saw a return on their £9 million investment.