Aston Villa endured a comparatively quiet January switch window as Unai Emery solely introduced in two new signings – Jhon Duran and Alex Moreno from Chicago Hearth and Actual Betis respectively.
One participant the membership had been reportedly taken with signing final month was central midfielder Matteo Guendouzi however Johan Lange and the top coach opted towards a transfer for the Frenchman ultimately, with a return for him in the summertime probably on the playing cards.
It was reported that Marseille had been on the lookout for a price within the area of €50m (£45m) and Villa had been seemingly unwilling to cave into the French membership’s calls for.
When requested if the membership might reignite their curiosity in the course of the summer time window, journalist Dean Jones advised GIVEMESPORT: “It wouldn’t shock me if the hyperlink got here again onto the radar.
“I’d say it additionally relies upon how Marseille’s season performs out. I believe they’d a fairly good switch window themselves, and it is perhaps fairly an thrilling place for him to be.”
Emery might now land his subsequent model of Dani Parejo by securing a deal to signal Guendouzi from the Ligue 1 outfit forward of the 2023/24 marketing campaign.
The Spanish midfielder performed for the Villa boss at Valencia and Villarreal and racked up a whopping 145 appearances in the midst of the park – making him the top coach’s fifth most-used participant in his profession.
Parejo, 33, is a combative central participant who additionally has the standard to open up defences and create probabilities for his teammates frequently. In LaLiga this season, the gem has made 2.4 tackles and interceptions per sport and created 1.4 probabilities per match – after aiding ten targets and making 2.2 defensive contributions per outing final time period.
Guendouzi, in the meantime, has made 2.0 tackles and interceptions per match and assisted three targets in Ligue 1 in 22/23 – having chipped in with 1.6 interventions per sport and aiding eight targets within the French top-flight final season.
They’ve additionally each averaged seven progressive passes per 90 over final twelve months, a proven fact that signifies, together with their statistics over the past 18 months, that they’ve related play kinds in midfield, albeit Parejo has carried out to a barely greater degree.
Each are combative within the sense they’re prepared and in a position to get caught in to win the ball again for his or her facet while additionally offering high quality in possession by constantly aiding targets and creating alternatives for others.
Subsequently, Guendouzi, who Alan Hutton claimed would “carry fireplace” to Villa’s midfield, may very well be Emery’s subsequent model of Parejo if the coach will help the 23-year-old – who’s ten years youthful than the Villarreal maestro – to proceed to develop and improve his defensive and inventive output.