Photos: Reported Aston Villa and Newcastle target Nakamba conquers Reus and Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga Santander  match between Atletico Madrid v Real Valladolid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on April 27, 2019 in Madrid Spain

Aston Villa and Newcastle United reportedly want Marvelous Nakamba, who shone in the Champions League.

Timmy Simons midfielder of Club Brugge and Marvelous Nakamba midfielder of Club Brugge celebrating winning the Jupiler Pro League title 2017 - 2018 for the 15th time in the history of the...

Marvelous Nakamba isn’t an easy man to play against.

Averaging 4.4 tackles and three interceptions per game in last season’s Champions League, the Club Brugge enforcer is something of an old school throwback, an N’Golo Kante-style ball-winner who loves nothing more than engaging in a physical battle – even against the very best opposition.

Brugge failed to qualify for the Champions League knockout round but they really held their own in a tough group containing Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

 

The Belgian giants took four points off 2017 semi-finalists Monaco, cruising to a remarkable 4-0 win in France, while holding Atletico and Dortmund to goalless draws.

Nakamba was a major reason why Brugge exceeded all expectations with genuinely world class like attackers Antoine Griezmann and Marco Reus getting no chance whatsoever out of the 25-year-old Zimbabwe international.

Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid, Marvelous Nakamba of Club Brugge during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Club Brugge KV and Club Atletico de Madrid at Jan Breydel...

As reported by The Chronicle, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Watford are all interested in the former Vitesse Arnhem man, who will cost a hefty £20 million this summer.

And whoever wins the race will have themselves a tenacious, hugely combative midfield talent who steps up to the plate no matter the opposition.

Marvelous Nakamba of Club Brugge and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund battle for posession during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge at Signal...

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