Italian reporter Ciro Venerato has been quoted by Tutto Napoli as saying that while Leeds are interested in signing Azzedine Ounahi – Aston Villa are actually talking to Angers president Said Chabane over a move for Ounahi, more.
Ounahi, 22, was a decent Ligue 1 midfielder before the World Cup. Rated at around £10-£12million. But his superb form at the World Cup in Qatar with Morocco has seen Ounahi rated north of double that, at a fee of £26.5million.
Football website 90Min claim Leeds have made a bid for Ounahi, a £22million offer. But he is rated £4.5million north of that amount. Now, there are claims that Leeds have been joined by last Friday’s opponents Villa, and Unai Emery.
Venerato, who is an Italian journalist, was speaking to Napoli fan site Tutto Napoli. He said that Chabane has travelled to England to discuss a move for Ounahi. But in fact, he has been talking more to Villa than he has Leeds over a move.
“These are decisive days for the Moroccan midfielder. The president of Angers left for England yesterday and it seems that he is talking to Villa more than with Leeds, who just two days ago received a no from [Weston] McKennie.
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“Naples sighted and pessimistic about this negotiation, [Napoli president, Aurelio] De Laurentiis’ club in fact reiterates that it will not go beyond the €15millon offered. He also reiterated this to his agent a few hours ago,” Venerato said.
Villa talking to Angers president more than Leeds for £26.5m Ounahi
Ounahi would be a wonderful signing for either side. A player that can score goals from midfield, but has plenty of energy in the middle of the park. Leeds need more competition to partner USA international Tyler Adams in midfield.
Villa have options themselves. The likes of Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey, John McGinn and plenty more. But Emery wants to take his side forward and a move for Ounahi might make sense. He has more chance of starting for Leeds.