Steven Gerrard has wasted little time parting company with deadwood from the Aston Villa squad – Matt Targett was sold to Newcastle United, Conor Hourihane was released and Ashley Young was released.

The Villa manager isn’t done there, however, with Fanatik (h/t Sport Witness) revealing that Trezeguet could be the fourth player to leave this summer. The 27-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Istanbul Basaksehir and could be staying in Turkey permanently.

He scored six goals and made four assists in 13 Super Lig games for Basaksehir, resulting in him getting Trabzonspor’s attention. TS have reportedly agreed a deal for Trezeguet worth €3.5m (£3m) and are in talks over personal terms.

The Egyptian international is out of contract in 2023, so Villa have little choice but to cash in early rather than risk losing him for nothing. The Midlands outfit are taking a loss for Trezeguet regardless, but the money made back can at least be reinvested.

Trezeguet has made 64 appearances in all competitions since joining from Kasimpasa in 2019, scoring nine goals with five assists. He’s fallen down the pecking order, however, with Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey, Emiliano Buendia and Philippe Coutinho preferred over the Egyptian.

In other news, Steven Gerrard might have to send Tim Iroegbunam out on loan