Aston Villa’s star left back, Jordan Amavi, has been linked with a move back to France. Olympique de Marseille are interested in acquiring the youngster’s services.
Thirteen months after a devastating knee injury that could have derailed his promising career, Jordan Amavi is back to his old self – terrorizing back lines and making a name for himself.
Reports out of Birmingham and France indicate the twenty-two year old left back is being eyed up by OM. Marseille manager Rudi Garcia made left back a priority in the upcoming January transfer window.
This news should not be considered shocking in the slightest. Amavi might be the most promising player in the Aston Villa squad, save for Jack Grealish. Numerous clubs have been interested in acquiring the player’s services, most notably Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp possibly sees Amavi as a successor to Alberto Moreno. Recently, however, James Milner has filled in at left back – a position that is entirely foreign to him. Milner’s form has been magnificent, but he may not be the long-term answer for Klopp’s Liverpool.
Back to Marseille for the moment, the club has a major hole on the left side of defense. The coastal city club have employed Dutch center back Karim Rekik at left back in recent matches (The same Rekik that used to ply his trade at Manchester City).
Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Monaco has only reinforced this need. Amavi may be the answer for Marseille. It won’t come cheaply though.
Aston Villa purchased Amavi for £9 million in the summer of 2015. Anything less than that should be rejected by Villa management. His form this season has appreciated his value in the transfer market.
The club has no need to sell one of its brightest performers, and unless a massive offer comes in, the club will ultimately reject it or hold off until the season plays out. If they fail to get promoted, I’d expect Amavi to leave in the summer.
For what it is worth, Jordan Amavi stated publicly he has no interest leaving in January.