Kasimpasa vice-president confirms Aston Villa bid for £13.5m Trezeguet

Dean Smith Manager of Aston Villa during the FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Swansea City at Villa Park on January 05, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Premier League big spenders Aston Villa have reportedly turned their attention to Kasimpasa's Egyptian star Mahmoud Hassan.

Trezeguet (L) of Kasimpasa celebrates after scoring a goal during Turkish Super Lig week 22 soccer match between Kasimpasa and Galatasaray at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium in Istanbul,...

Aston Villa have indeed made an offer for Egyptian international Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Kasimpasa’s vice president Hasan Hilmi Oksuz has told Aksam.

It seems only a matter of time before newly promoted Villa break the £100 million barrier in this summer’s transfer window, having paid big to bring the likes of Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Wesley Moraes to the Midlands on permanent deals. And Trezeguet looks like the latest priority.

 

According to the Mirror (11 July, page 63), manager Dean Smith and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch scouted Trezeguet on three separate occasions during the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Egypt with Aston Villa willing to pay up to £10 million for the speedy forward, as reported by the Sun.

Yet even £10 million won’t be enough to convince Kasimpasa to sell.

Egypt's midfielder Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (C) is marked by South Africa's defender Thamsanqa Mkhize (L) during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between...

“The official offer came from Aston Villa and another British team,” Oksuz said.

“One offered 5 million euros (£4.5m) and the other club offered 7.5 million euros (£6.7m). The club is not considering accepting bids for less than 15 million euros (£13.5m) for Trezeguet.”

It remains a mystery who that other ‘British team’ are, though The Mirror added that both Everton and Watford are interested in a player who produced nine goals and ten assists for Kasimpasa last season.

However, given how much Villa have spent this summer, it seems unlikely that they will baulk at £13.5 million for a player who has clearly caught the eye of Dean Smith.

Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet of Egypt celebrate with his team mate Mohamed Elneny after scoring a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group A match between Egypt and Zimbabwe at Cairo...

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