One player with whom they were linked but didn’t sign is PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare. However, it now seems as though the Villans have been handed a potential boost to their chances of securing a possible deal for the midfielder in the near future.
What’s the news?
According to a recent report from Voetbal International (via Soccernews), the Eredivisie club could be forced to sell the Ivorian to resolve their current financial issues.
With 100 appearances for PSV to his name, the 24-year-old has netted eight goals and supplied six assists in the process.
The Ivorian’s six league appearances this season have shown what he would offer to Steven Gerrard’s side, as he has racked up the second-highest number of tackles (nine) and the joint-second highest number of interceptions (eight) at the Eindhoven club.
Hailed by Dutch football analyst Aad de Mos as an “extraordinary” player and a “king” for his team, Sangare’s overall performances have earned him a strong season rating of 7.34/10 from WhoScored, making the £27k-per-week midfielder the sixth-highest rated player at the club.
This rating would comfortably make him the highest-rated player at Villa by the same metric for this season, showing how exciting a coup he could be for the Midlands club if they were to sign him.
Lange must act quickly
With this latest update in mind, and with current Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz being linked with a move away from the club recently, securing a deal for Sangare is definitely something that Johan Lange should seek to do as quickly as he can.
If an opportunity arises to sign the PSV star in the upcoming January transfer window, Villa should be ruthless in their efforts to try and bring him to the club, as his defensive attributes could make him a vital player for Gerrard.