Report: FC Crotone defender Gianmarco Ferrari's agent meeting with Aston Villa officials over potential move

Reports recently claimed that Villa were ready to lodge a £2.3 million bid for the 23-year-old Italian centre-back.

Aston Villa could be closing in on a deal for reported targeted Gianmarco Ferrari.

According to, the FC Crotone defender’s agent is set to meet with Villa officials in London early this week to try to finalise an agreement over a January move to the West Midlands.

The report comes after the website claimed last week that the claret and blues were preparing a €3 million [£2.3 million] offer for the Italian centre-back amid rival interest from Serie A sides Genoa and Palermo.

Ferrari, 23, has been an ever-present for Crotone in Serie B this season and proved instrumental to their promotion push thanks to his strong performances in the heart of the defence.

The club currently sit in second place in the table after losing only two of their 21 matches and have conceded just 16 goals in the process – putting them one point behind league leaders Cagliari and five points ahead of third place Pescara with a game in hand.

Understandably, they are reportedly reluctant to sell Ferrari at the halfway stage of the campaign, but Villa’s rumoured bid could be enough to persuade them into selling their star stopper.

Where the former Parma product would fit in Remi Garde’s immediate plans alongside Jores Okore, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott and Ciaran Clark remains to be seen, but his potential arrival would seem to suggest that the Frenchman is approaching the current transfer window with both the future and Premier League survival in mind.

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