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Should Aston Villa renew their interest in Celtic's Stefan Johansen?

Celtic's Stefan Johansen looks dejected after the game

Should Aston Villa go back in for Celtic's Stefan Johansen?

Celtic's Stefan Johansen looks dejected after the game

In January, it was reported by The Scottish Sun that Aston Villa were weighing up a £5 million move for Celtic playmaker Stefan Johansen.

With The Express reporting today that Celtic could let him go for as little as £2 million, should Aston Villa go back in for him?

The reported interest came when manager Remi Garde - sacked by the Villans in April - was in charge of the club but, on form, the 25-year-old could still play a role in helping Roberto Di Matteo win promotion back into the Premier League.

On form, Johansen is a classy player who netted 12 and set up seven in all competitions during his first full season at Paradise, resulting in a PFA Scotland Player of the Year award.

Celtic's Stefan Johansen in action with Rangers' Dominic Ball

But he endured a horrendous 2015-16 campaign, scoring one and setting up three in 20 Scottish Premiership outings - a run of form which means new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers might want to move him on.

He might also be looking for another club following the sacking of manager Ronny Deila, but the Norwegian coach, who stressed in January that Johansen was going nowhere, no longer has a say in the matter.

This is a man who was once tipped to successfully make the step-up in class to the Premier League, like former Celtic stars Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama and Ki Sung-yeung have done in recent years.

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The question is can Di Matteo bring the best out of him again? At £2 million, it's worth a try.

Those figures do not represent a huge gamble to Aston Villa, a club who will have a lot more than that to splash this summer when Tony Xia's Aston Villa takeover is finalised. It's a low risk for potentially high reward. The talent is there.

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