Aston Villa loanee linked with summer Serie A switch

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Aston Villa loan man Nicolo Zaniolo is on Juventus' radar, according to a report by JuveLive.

The attacking midfielder, who is an Italy international with 17 caps under his belt so far in his career, is currently due to return to his parent club Galatasaray in the summer.

It remains to be seen whether Unai Emery is interested in luring him to England on a permanent basis when his temporary deal expires.

Zaniolo was brought in last August to add more competition and depth to Aston Villa's ranks. He has since made 24 appearances in all competitions, 15 of which have come in the Premier League, and he has scored twice.

He provides useful back-up to the squad but isn't guaranteed a starting spot at the moment which has flung his chances of a full-time switch to Villa Park up in the air amid these fresh links to Juventus.

The 24-year-old has played for Galatasaray since 2023 and he featured 12 times for the Turkish giants, chipping in with five goals.

Zaniolo played for Genoa, Fiorentina and Virtus Entella before Inter Milan snapped him up as a youngster in 2017. However, he latest only 12 months at San Siro and didn't play at all before Roma came calling.

He then made 128 outings for the Rome-based outfit and fired 24 goals.

The Massa-born man missed Aston Villa's trip to Sheffield United over the weekend due to injury. They didn't miss him though as they ran out comfortable 5-0 winners.

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