According to the latest news from Italian editorial TMW, Aston Villa have reached an agreement with Malaga for the signing of talented midfielder Sergi Darder.
The Spanish U21 international was a key figure for the La Liga outfit last season, starting 33 top-flight matches and impressing with a number of excellent displays.
With a potential Christian Benteke sale still dragging on, Villa fans could be forgiven for being downbeat. The mood around Villa Park, however, could be lifted somewhat due to the latest Darder reports.
According to Tuttomercato, an agreement in principal has been reached for the defensive midfielder and a completion of the deal for the player is said to be close.
Following the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Lille and Fabian Delph’s decision to reject Manchester City’s advances, the Villans are starting to look very healthy and balanced in midfield.
Darder, 21, is very much a defensive-minded player, although he can be classed as a deep-lying playmaker due to his ability to instigate attacks from deep and chip in with a few goals.
Last season, he averaged an impressive 1.8 shots on goal per league encounter, finding the net on four occasions over the course of the campaign.