According to Turkish Football, Aston Villa want to sign Carpi defender Tobias Pachonik on a free transfer ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Villa’s failure to secure promotion to the Premier League has left the club in a difficult position, and it is unlikely that head coach Steve Bruce will have a healthy transfer budget this summer.
Bruce also needs to replace John Terry in central defence, with the former Chelsea and England captain deciding to end his time at Villa Park following the club’s defeat in the Championship playoff final.
According to Turkish Football, Villa have identified Pachonik as a potential summer arrival, with the right-back available on a free transfer as his contract with Carpi expires at the end of June.
News of interest in the defender could well signal the end of Alan Hutton’s time at Villa Park, with the experienced Scot seeing his contract at the Championship club expire on June 30.
Pachonik started his professional career with German club FC Nurnberg, before making 33 appearances for Schalke 04’s second team during the 2016-17 campaign.
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The right-back moved on to Italian outfit Carpi last summer, and made 36 Serie B appearances during the 2017-18 season.
A former Germany Under-20 international, Pachonik contributed three assists for his Italian club last term, and would not break the bank in terms of wages for Villa this summer.
It would not be a surprise if a number of clubs were monitoring developments surrounding the right-back, who would be a low-risk signing for Bruce’s team.
The simple fact of the matter is that Villa will not be able to splash the cash this summer due to their financial predicament, and Pachonik could turn out to be a very smart addition.