Aston Villa are “working” on a deal to sign world champions Marcos Acuna from Seville, while Nicolo Zaniolo moves closer to a move to the Premier League side.
There is a very real chance that the injury would be a curse not struck Unai Emery’s side so early in the season that neither Nicolo Zaniolo nor Marcus Acuna would ever have become really serious transfer targets for the Midland giants.
Zaniolo, who could join his contract on loan from Galatasaray with a £17million call option clause, only became a real option after Emi Buendia was sidelined for months with a serious knee injury.
Acuna, meanwhile, would arrive to make up for the loss of another key player; Janaury Alex Moreno’s signing is unavailable for another few weeks. Coupled with Lucas Digne’s potential exit to Saudi Arabia, it means Emery is suddenly on the hunt for a left-back and an attacking midfielder.
Aston Villa are eyeing Nicolo Zaniolo and Marcos Acuna
Acuna impressed as Argentina won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Action-packed and very attacking, Acuna is – like former Roma star Zaniolo – well known to Aston Villa’s new President of Football Operations.
Accordingly The TelegraphAston Villa are “working” on a deal to bring Acuna from Monchi’s old employers Seville.
However, it remains to be seen whether Villa will live up to the Andalusian’s standards. Sevilla reportedly want “significantly more” than £13m. That’s a lot for a player celebrating his 32nd birthdaynd birthday in autumn (AS).
Interestingly, Acuna was closely linked with Aston Villa’s Midland neighbors Wolves in January.
Then-Molineux boss Julen Lopetegui – who, like Monchi and Emery, also worked at Sevilla – even admitted his admiration for the former Sporting Lisbon aviator.
“We open up different options,” said Lopetegui at the time. “Because the reality is that we have to strengthen the team in different positions.
“(Acuna) is a player that I like. But we’ll see what happens.”
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