Report: Aston Villa linked with Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour as agent reveals English interest

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The Tunisia international is also said to be a target for Barcelona and Roma.

If reports out of France are to be believed, Aston Villa’s summer raid on Ligue 1 might not over.

According to Foot Mercato, Villa manager Tim Sherwood is weighing up a move for Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour, whose agent confirmed on Tuesday is looking for a new challenge in a bigger league.

“There are no problems with [manager Leandro] Jardim or the club,” Abdelkader Jilani told Tuttomercatoweb. “But the truth is that Abdennour wants to leave. He wants a new adventure and there are opportunities in Spain, Italy and England.

“The priority would be Serie A, though. He would like that a lot.”

Abdennour, 26, originally joined Monaco on loan from Ligue 1 rivals Toulouse in January 2014, before his impressive performances earned him a permanent move to the Stade Louis II last summer.

The Tunisia international went on to make 26 total appearances for the club last season, while scoring once and starting all four of their Champions League knockout games against Arsenal and Juventus.

While injuries and the African Cup of Nations prevented him from featuring on a more regular basis, the 41-times capped defender’s form when in the French club's line-up did not go unnoticed across Europe, and Foot Mercato’s report also names Barcelona and Roma as keen suitors.

Their claimed interest would provide intimidating competition for Villa, although it remains to be seen just how desperate the claret and blues are to add centre-back depth before the summer transfer window closes.

Both skipper Micah Richards and Ciaran Clark are entrenched as Sherwood’s first-choice pairing at present, while promising duo Jores Okore and Nathan Baker are two solid backup options.

The experienced Philippe Senderos has been linked with a departure in recent weeks but, with versatile summer signing Jose Angel Crespo also able to fill in at centre-half, there would not seem to be a desperate need for help at the position.

That said, recent reports have claimed that Villa have had an approach for West Bromwich Albion’s Joleon Lescott rejected [h/t Sky Sports], suggesting that Sherwood is still keen to further bolster his side’s backline.

With Abdennour's agent revealing interest from England in his client, it would be no surprise if Villa were in for the Monaco man but, with Serie A also cited as a dream destination, beating the likes of Roma to his signature could prove a tough task.

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