Aston Villa are being touted with a move to sign Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba.
Reports are claiming that Villa manager Dean Smith is a fan of Nakamba and wants to add him to his squad this summer.
Villa will be playing Premier League football once again next season after a three-year absence from the top-flight.
Following their relegation from the Premier League in the 2015/16, Villa spent three years in the second division.
Smith led Villa to a 5th place finish in the Championship before securing promotion via the play-offs – beating Derby County 2-1 in the final at Wembley last month.
Since their promotion, Villa have already signed Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley, Kortney Hause and Jota all on permanent deals – with Wesley also coming from Nakamba’s current club – Brugge.
But who is Nakamba? Here is a factfile with everything you need to know about the midfielder linked with a move to Villa Park.
He is a 25-year-old midfielder who stands at 5ft 10.
He currently plays for Club Brugge in Belgium, where he played alongside recent Villa signing Wesley.
Club career so far
He started his professional career with Nancy in France, before joining Dutch side Vitesse in 2014, playing 69 league games in three years.
He then joined his current club, Brugge, in 2017, where he has made 49 league appearances to date.
International career so far
Nakamba has been capped seven times by Zimbabwe at international level.
He also played for his country several times at under-20 level, before making his senior bow in 2015.
Reports linking Villa with a move for Nakamba are suggesting that it would take a fee in the region of £20m to lure him away from Brugge.
This would mean Villa’s spending spree on players from Brugge would go in excess of £40m.
Nakamba has played 11 times in the Europa League/Champions League in his career.
He played twice for Vitesse in the Europa League and made seven Champions League appearances for Brugge – along with a further two in the Europa League.
What has he won?
The only trophy he has won in his career so far is the KNVB Cup with Vitesse in 2017. It was the first time the Dutch club had ever won the competition.
Where does he play?
Nakamba is often utilised as a holding midfielder, but can also play as a central midfielder alongside other players. He could fit in well alongside the likes of Jack Grealish and John McGinn in midfield.
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