Report: Aston Villa-linked Sergi Darder closes in on Lyon switch

Lyon are closing in on a deal for Aston Villa-linked midfielder Sergi Darder, reports claim.

According to a report in the Spanish editorial Diario Sur, Malaga star Sergi Darder is closing in on a switch to Lyon with a fee in the region of £7 million being mooted.

The Spanish U21 international was one of Malaga’s standout players last term, impressing a number of La Liga onlookers with his progress and consistent performances in midfield.

In a previous article published by TMW, Aston Villa were said to have been among the favourites to sign him this summer with Italian reports claiming a deal had already been struck.

The Villans, however, have since opted for other midfield targets and have successfully acquired Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Veretout from Ligue 1 duo Lille and Nantes respectively.

Yet, that hasn’t stopped Darder potentially sealing a move away from Malaga this summer, with local reports in the south of Spain stating that a Lyon transfer is a very realistic proposition.

What are Aston Villa potentially missing out on?

Darder is a wonderful talent in Spain and possesses the rare ability to combine solid defensive abilities with the nous of a deep-lying playmaker.

Last season, he averaged an impressive 1.8 shots on goal per La Liga encounter, scoring four goals.

Villa’s transfer activity this summer means they have become fairly overloaded in the midfield area, though time will tell whether they end up regretting not making further advances for the Malaga ace.

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