Why Aston Villa must try and sign Mathieu Flamini

Aston Villa must take advantage of a breakdown in Mathieu Flamini’s talks over a new contract with AC Milan.

The former Arsenal star was first linked with Aston Villa back in April and the club may have thought they had no chance of signing a midfielder of his calibre who could drastically help the current side.

The agent of the 29-year-old has confirmed that although initial talks have taken place with Milan, nothing has been agreed over a new deal and further talks will be needed to resolve the situation.

“The meeting was helpful for making our position clear, and to understand that of Milan. But in order to reach a decision, we will need to meet again. Flamini is happy at Milan, but it's not certain that he will stay there,” said Helene Misserly.

Milan will be going into overdrive to sort out a new deal because at the end of this month he is out of contract and becomes a free agent.

That should set alarm bells off all over Villa Park because if Aston Villa want to go after him, all they need to present him with is a superb personal package which satisfies his likely high wage demands.

It’s a risk Villa should be willing to take considering the youthful look of their side. Flamini would be a very good player to inject some experience and authority into a very young midfield, reducing the chances of mistakes.

He could be a superb mentor for a player like Ashley Westwood in the middle of Aston Villa’s team and the Frenchman would also take a lot of pressure off of young shoulders.

However, there are two reasons this deal may not happen and the first relates to they both relate to that very youth policy.

Paul Lambert seems to have made a very big statement with his signings of younger players from the football league.

It’s a good formula because it allows Villa to pick up good players on cheap deals, who can grow and get stronger in the Premier League.

The manager may also feel that the younger players who saved the club from relegation last season, deserve a chance to show what they can do this time round.

Villa will have ambitions and aims to hit the top half of the table by the end of the 2013/2014 season but that doesn’t mean they should overlook a player who has Champions League and international experience.

If Flamini can be signed without risking the basic financial structure at Aston Villa or without upsetting any other players because he earns a bit more, it’s a deal the club must go after before someone else poaches him and before Milan can get their act together.

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