Italian website CalcioMercato have claimed that both Aston Villa and West Ham United have offers on the table to sign Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino ahead of the January transfer window, which will open this week.
Vecino, 29, has failed to feature for Inter Milan under Antonio Conte this season – as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery in the summer. Since joining for £21.5million (Goal) in 2017, he has since played 96 times for Inter.
A 41-time Uruguay international, Vecino is an established midfielder at Inter and is renowned for his array of passing and is more than capable of scoring the odd goal or laying on an assist. He has 11 goals and six assists in an Inter shirt.
In January, Vecino is seemingly available and a move to the Premier League beckons. Villa and West Ham reportedly have offers to sign the midfielder – though it remains to be seen if that is a loan deal, or on a permanent basis.
TBR’s view – Vecino is a top, top player
At the peak of his game, the South American workhorse is Champions League quality. But with Vecino last playing in July, he needs game time and at Inter he may struggle to get that. It remains to be seen what kind of player he is, after his operation.
But given his recent history at Inter, he is worth taking a risk on. Inter want to raise funds for signings but it remains to be seen how much he will cost – given Vecino has entered the final 18 months of his contract. But a loan-to-buy might be best.