Report: Aston Villa face European competition for PL star; coach hailed him as ‘complete’ player
Aston Villa face competition for the signing of Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the form of Serie A side Lazio.
Sky Sports Italia report that incoming manager Maurizio Sarri wants to make the 25-year-old his first signing for the club.
Moreover, the former Blues boss is a big fan of the England midfielder. The Italian manager labelling Loftus-Cheek as a complete player via Sky Sports News.
Aston Villa are interested in Loftus-Cheek
As reported by the Daily Star, Villa are keen on Loftus-Cheek. John Terry is eager to bring the midfielder to the Birmingham-based club. Indeed, Dean Smith’s side are likely to sign a central midfielder this summer.
Villa have already made a club-record signing in the transfer window with the arrival of Emi Buendia. As reported by the Guardian, the Premier League side paid £33m for the former Norwich City superstar.
A tussle for the Chelsea star
With Loftus-Cheek’s future at Chelsea up in the air, it is unknown where the England international could end up this summer.
Although there could be some attraction to playing for Villa next season, Sarri is the manager who got the best out of the 25-year-old midfielder.
In their sole season together, Loftus-Cheek made 40 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, scoring ten goals during the process and helping Chelsea reach the UEFA Europa League final.
Villa shouldn’t be dragged into bidding war for Loftus-Cheek
Sarri is a fan of Loftus-Cheek after managing the midfielder for Chelsea. And with the Italian keen to bring the Englishman to Serie A, a bidding war could ensure between clubs for the midfielder.
And for Villa, they need to ensure they aren’t dragged into a potential battle between clubs for Loftus-Cheek. Although the England international is a talented player and has shown he has the quality to compete in the Premier League, financially, it could be a poor deal for Smith’s side.
Furthermore, with a reported wage of £100,000 as reported by the Standard, Loftus-Cheek could become one of Villa’s most well-paid players without even being a guaranteed starter.
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