According to reports, Aston Villa transfer target Mohamed Simakan has agreed personal terms with Serie A giants Milan.
Reports over the summer transfer window suggested that the Strasbourg defender was being considered by Dean Smith’s side as they looked to reinforce the centre of their defence.
Now, Italian publication Calcio Mercato claim that Milan and Simakan have a “general agreement” over a four-year contract for the Frenchman to join the Serie A giants, and now just need to strike an agreement with Strasbourg.
The report adds that the Ligue 1 side are asking for nothing less than the original €20m (£18.2m) they quoted in the summer.
Whilst Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa have established themselves as Smith’s go-to centre-back partnership in the Premier League this season – and with good reason given that they have conceded just 13 goals – Villa’s sporting director, Johan Lange, surely can’t turn his back on a potential deal for Simakan.
The Strasbourg powerhouse has been putting in some impressive performances in Ligue 1 this year, and his stats comfortably better that of Konsa.
As per Sofascore, Simakan has won a huge 6.1 duels per game in the league, whilst also boasting almost two tackles and interceptions a piece per match too. Konsa on the other hand, whilst edging him on duel success with 6.2, lags significantly behind in the amount of tackles and interceptions he makes, with just 0.4 and 0.7 per match respectively.
If Lange can convince the Villa owners to shell out £18.2m for Simakan, they could land a potential upgrade on what they already have.
Meanwhile, Villa made a huge blunder over this player.