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Bidding war could increase price of Aston Villa duo Jordan Veretout and Jordan Amavi

Villa are confident of netting significant fees for Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout this summer with increasing interest from clubs on the continent helping to drive up the price.

Both Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout could be heading out of Villa (Photo: Tony Marsh)
Both Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout could be heading out of Villa (Photo: Tony Marsh)

The French duo are among several players who could leave as part of a major clear-out which will both raise funds for boss Steve Bruce’s transfer budget and help Villa comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Midfielder Veretout is wanted by St Etienne, where he made 42 appearances during a season-long loan.

And while the French club are thought to regard the £7million fee being demanded by Villa as being too steep, there is thought to be interest in the 24-year-old from elsewhere on the continent, including several clubs in Germany.

Reports in France over the weekend, meanwhile, claimed Amavi is a target for Atletico Madrid, with some even suggesting discussions have already taken place between the Spanish club and Villa over the left-back.

Napoli are also thought to be interested in the 23-year-old, a one-time target of Marseille who experienced an inconsistent campaign in the Championship after recovering from a serious knee injury. The France under-21 international was signed for £10million from Nice in the summer of 2015, the same window Villa paid Nantes £9million for Veretout.

The very real possibility of both players being subject to a bidding war means club bosses are now hopeful of recouping a significant portion of both fees. Chief executive Keith Wyness last week admitted as many as 10 players could head through the exit door in the coming weeks, with boss Bruce targeting ‘three or four’ additions in order as Villa target a sustained promotion challenge next season.

A deal which will see Carlos Sanchez move to Fiorentina for a fee of £2.5million has already been agreed, while playmaker Carles Gil has indicated his desire to return permanently to Spain, having spent the season on loan at Deportivo.

Micah Richards, Tommy Elphick, Aly Cissokho, Ross McCormack, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Aaron Tshibola are among the other first-team players who could depart.

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