Aston Villa loan man eyed by quartet of Serie A clubs

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Aston Villa loan man Nicolo Zaniolo is wanted by a few Serie A clubs ahead of the next transfer window, according to a report by Italian news outlet CalcioMercato.

Italian clubs Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio have all been mentioned as potential suitors and are said to be keeping tabs on his situation.

Zaniolo, 24, is due to return to his parent club Galatasaray this summer following the expiration of his temporary deal at Aston Villa and his future with the Turkish giants is up in the air right now.

He was given the green light to switch to Villa Park on loan last year and Unai Emery brought him in to add more competition and depth to his attacking department.

The Italy international, who has 17 caps under his belt for his country so far in his career, has since made 30 appearances in all competitions for the Midlands outfit, 19 of which have come in the league as Aston Villa chase down European football, and he has scored twice.

He was on the books at Roma from 2018 until 2023, having previously been at Genoa, Fiorentina and Inter Milan as a youngster. The attacker went on to play 128 games during his spell at the Stadio Olimpico and found the net on 24 occasions.

Galatasaray lured him to Turkey early last year but his time there hasn't gone to plan and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them sell him permanently when he is back from Aston Villa.