Aston Villa fans are keen on signing Ethan Ampadu after he was linked with a loan move to the club this summer.
Manager Dean Smith is on the hunt for players he feels can keep Villa in the top-flight next season after their play-off promotion.
The Guardian report that Ampadu is one of the potential arrivals, on a loan basis, should Chelsea determine his development is best served with a move away from the club.
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The 18-year-old prospect hasn’t had much first-team action at Stamford Bridge but did play UEFA Europa League and FA Cup football last season, as well as bringing his Welsh international caps total to eight.
A player with versatility who can play in defence or midfield, he’d be an attractive option for a club like Villa, who will be looking to stretch their transfer resources to their maximum over the next couple of months.
Supporters are certainly interested in seeing the deal be completed, taking to Twitter over the weekend to share their thoughts…
I get that Purslow doesn’t want players on loan without an option, but if we can loan someone like Ampadu without an option to buy, saving us £15-18m as opposed to buying Phillips, and spend that money on buying someone like Mings, is it still such a bad move?? #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) June 15, 2019
No it makes perfect sense, gives us a season to scour a dm for next season
— Meaks89FM (@Richard_Meakin) June 15, 2019
I’d love this
— Sam Mitchell (@mr_bojangles89) June 15, 2019
Good option. I’d like to see at least 2 loan players come in, maybe from the top 4 prem teams, looking to get their players some prem experience. Ampadu versatile CB/DMF/CM
— JAY (@jayhud82) June 15, 2019
Would be a great signing
— J (@jlb1256756766) June 15, 2019
Worth it. Loan Ethan this season as a stop gap, buy him / another next season. Just smart business to spread our outgoings
— Lee Mallinson (@LeeMall83) June 15, 2019
Makes sense. Good cover the for cb and cdm positions
— Jake alberice (@AlbericeJake) June 15, 2019