According to Zimbabwean publication the Chronicle, Aston Villa are ready to spend £20 million to bring Marvelous Nakamba to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old midfielder has previously impressed for current club, Club Brugge, but found himself out of the picture somewhat last season following a falling out with coach Ivan Leko, as reported by the Herald.
The 12-cap Zimbabwe international may now need to leave the Belgian outfit in order to get back to playing regularly. Dean Smith could offer him that chance by bringing him to Villa Park this summer.
Smith will be seeking to bolster his squad following Villa’s promotion to the Premier League last season. If they’re to survive, and thrive, back in the top flight, then they must prepare well this summer. Nakamba would add some much-needed extra depth to their midfield ranks and would also bring steel and defensive discipline to the middle of the park.
Given his tough time of late at Club Brugge, there may be some doubts about Nakamba. The fact he has never played in the Premier League before may also raise a few concerns. However, he is undoubtedly a player with some real potential.
Plenty of Villa fans have taken to Twitter to give their reactions to the report linking their club with Nakamba.
With this talk of nakamba who is a defensive midfielder, I’d rather us go for someone like Rongier, not only is he cheaper, he’s younger and looks a hell lot more better just sayin #avfc
— Alfie (@_Alfie_99) 19 June 2019
Oh please be true …..
Marvelous Nakamba On Villa’s radar.
I’d never heard of him until a few minutes ago but any player with a monicker like that sounds good to me 😂🤣
— Andy Townsend 1️⃣8️⃣7️⃣4️⃣ (@AndyTownsend_AV) 19 June 2019
According to reports Aston Villa are interested in signing nearly every available player!😳🙄
— Garry Parsons (@GarryParsons) 19 June 2019
€20m sounds a lot given he only played 15 games last season. Coolest name ever though. #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) 19 June 2019
Imagine the chants. 😂😂
— Bidhan (@bidhancb) 19 June 2019
I’m from Zimbabwe, but this one is a no plz !! pic.twitter.com/n0FxXC20kK
— Ras Don (@archuzz3000) 19 June 2019