Aston Villa may have suffered a blow in pursuit of Kasimpasa winger Trezeguet this week after Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claimed Serie A side Sampdoria have joined the bidding war.
Trezeguet, 24, has enjoyed the two best seasons of his life since moving to Turkey with Kasimpasa. In 2017-18, he scored a huge 16 goals and laid on eight assists in just 33 outings.
He then impressed at the World Cup in Russia with Egypt, before returning to Turkey and having a hand in another 19 goals throughout 2018-19. Now, it appears that form may be about to earn him a move to England or Italy.
Turkish outlet Takvim claimed last week that Villa had a £9.9million bid accepted for Trezeguet this summer, with the Midlands outfit being linked with the Egyptian for quite some time.
However, Villa may now be beaten to the punch as Sampdoria have entered the race for Trezeguet’s signature. It is believed they have tabled an offer worth more than £9million – likely to be similar to Villa’s reported bid.
TBR’s view – Villa have got to win Trezeguet race
Yes, Villa have brought in Jota from bitter enemies Birmingham City and completed the permanent signing of Anwar El Ghazi. But they are still light on the flanks.
Other options include young Andre Green and striker Jonathan Kodjia, who is much preferred up front. They need additions out wide before the start of the campaign.
After spending more than £100million following the addition of Bjorn Engels, Villa may need to start bringing in players on the cheap and at just under £10million, Trezeguet is a bargain. They must beat Sampdoria.