Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo have claimed that Aston Villa have joined Sevilla, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in the race to sign highly-rated Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez this summer.
The Daily Star initially carried Tottenham and West Ham’s interest in a report last month, while also stating that Spanish side Sevilla had a big rejected in the January transfer window. It is believed the La Liga outfit are still keen.
Talks over a new contract for the 22-year-old at Marseille have stalled and with the French outfit keen to comply to financial fairplay, they have may have to sell Lopez on the cheap. The Star claims interested parties would have to spend £10million.
It is of little surprise that Lopez is springing onto European clubs’ shortlists. Despite his tender age, the France Under-21 international already has a whopping 146 appearances for the Ligue 1 side. He is set to enter the final 12 months of his deal.
TBR’s view – Dropped by Villas-Boas, is Lopez worth it?
Indeed, Lopez has been afforded just four starts from Marseille’s last 17 Ligue 1 games – after Lopez was hooked at half-time during a 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain back in October.
On the face of it, Lopez is probably – at best – a squad player for any of the Premier League clubs interested. But it must be considered that he is still only 22, and that Marseille are very strong in midfield.
Morgan Sanson, Valentin Rongier, Boubacar Kamara and Kevin Strootman are options. At such a small fee and with plenty of potential, Lopez is certainly worth it.
Despite the current ecomomic constraints due to the pandemic, the deal should still be considered a priority given that Lopez is such a bargain – and that a move needs to happen this summer given his current contract situation.