According to Football Insider, Turkish Super Lig side Istanbul Basaksehir have opened talks with Aston Villa over signing Frederic Guilbert on loan this month.
The Frenchman has made just two first-team appearances this season for Dean Smith’s side, and both of those came in the Carabao Cup.
Now, it seems his time at the club – at least for this season – could come to an end, with Football Insider claiming that Istanbul are working on a deal to take the right-back on loan in this January transfer window.
The report adds that Smith has given the green light for the 26-year-old to make the move.
With just two appearances to his name this campaign, it’s fair to say Guilbert has been on the fringes of things at Villa Park.
In fact, The Athletic journalist Gregg Evans, even said: “I expect the thinking behind trying to move on Guilbert is that, (Ahmed) Elmohamady can cover any injuries at full-back, and also can’t really be moved on for any money, so Villa could get something back on Guilbert at least. I agree, there’s potential, but it seems like Smith has seen enough and favours others.”
If the Villa boss has indeed “seen enough” of Guilbert, then it begs the question of why the club aren’t just looking to offload him on a permanent basis.
Sending him out on loan just kicks the problem further down the line, and a poor spell at Istanbul would see his stock fall even further and make getting his wages off the books even harder.
It’s exactly why Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens should seriously consider intervening themselves and ensure that Villa recoup an actual transfer fee this month with a more permanent exit, then giving Guilbert a temporary home.