Aston Villa reportedly ‘want’ to sign River Plate midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
According to reports in Argentina, Villa are keen on landing the player with their Premier League rivals Everton, West Ham United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur also said to hold an interest in the 21 year-old. El Crack Deportivo claims that River manager Marcelo Gallardo has one eye on the summer transfer window with the 46 year-old ‘worried’ about Fernandez’s future with Real Madrid also linked with a move for the youngster.
Fernandez made 40 appearances in all last eason, his breakout campaign, with half of those coming for River Plate after a loan spell with Defensa y Justicia. A defensive midfielder, Fernandez is highly-rated at River and they fear he could be the next player to leave for pastures new in Europe.
Julian Alvarez, who was heavily linked with a move to Villa Park, ended up joining Manchester City with the striker set to head to the Etihad Stadium in the summer. Fernandez caught the eye of former Villa and Arsenal midfielder Robert Pirez, who was in Argentina last month and caught one of River’s games. River beat Patronato 4-1 with Fernandez setting up a goal for Alvarez in the 4-1 League clash.
“I liked Fernandez a lot,” Pires said. “It’s not because I used to play there, almost in the same position.
“He has a very good way of playing and great movements, he always offers a solution to his teammates and he handles the ball very well.” Villa will be in the market for a midfielder in the summer with Yves Bissouma and Kalvin Phillips identified as potential options.
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Douglas Luiz continues to be the subject of speculation with reports claiming that Tottenham and Arsenal are keen on the player. Fernandez is the type of player and profile Villa could look to sign given he is performing well and has a high ceiling but Steven Gerrard ‘s side are looking to sign ready-made players as they target a return to European football.