Report: Aston Villa eyeing Napoli pair Llorente and Callejon
Aston Villa are reportedly targeting Napoli duo Fernando Llorente and Jose Callejon as the club attempt to add extra firepower this month.
According to Arena Napoli, Villans sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has identified the pair, both Spanish, as a means of improving the team’s final third.
Villa have been rocked by the season-ending injury to club-record signing Wesley.
With Keinan Davis also sidelined, Jonathan Kodjia is the only striker currently available to Dean Smith – although his future is uncertain.
Llorente is named that many Villa fans will know after his spells with Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur, while Callejon has spent his playing career in Spain and Italy.
Arena Napoli say Villa could get Callejon for around €10m/£8.5 million, while €2 million/£1.7 million could seal Llorente.
TBR’s view – A double deal that will save Villa?
Llorente has proven himself in the Premier League, but it’s been a while since he played in the top-flight regularly.
He was very effective for Swansea but was a couple of years ago, and perhaps him coming back from Serie A – a famously slower-paced league – could be a bit of a shock to the system.
Callejon, out of contract in the summer and therefore likely a cheap option, has never played in the English top-flight before and would represent a risk.
Both are good players but whether they’d be enough to keep Villa in the Premier League is hard to say.