Report: Aston Villa rivalled by Torino in race to sign Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley

Aston Villa are keen on signing Tom Cleverley, but Torino are now interested.

As reported by TMW, Torino are keen on signing Tom Cleverley this summer, despite Villa’s interest in keeping him at the club on a permanent deal.

Cleverley is currently on loan at Villa Park from Manchester United, where his contact expires at the end of June. It looks apparent that Louis van Gaal sees no future for the English international midfielder at Old Trafford, and that has led to much interest in his future for next season.

He admitted to the Daily Mail that he would consider a permanent switch to Villa Park this summer if approached by Tim Sherwood, but the new Torino interest suggests the 25-year-old midfielder has plenty of suitors.

This season, Cleverley has netted three goals in 31 games, and although he struggled under the stewardship of Paul Lambert, he has started to truly excel in a more attacking role under Sherwood.

Torino are keen on signing him due to his wealth of top level experience, as well as his free transfer status, although they might not have the same allures to Cleverley as staying at Villa Park.

The financial benefits of staying in the Premier League are far greater than those in Italian football, and Cleverley is clearly a central part of Sherwood’s future plans for the club.

Regardless, the midfielder may look to test himself abroad, and Torino are ready to submit an approach for him as his contract expires the summer.

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