Aston Villa chasing £25m Juventus talent compared to Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona

Aston Villa target Matias Soule has been compared to some of the greatest Argentine players in history
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Aston Villa are linked with a move for Juventus youngster Matias Soule, according to reports.

The 20-year-old has impressed while on loan at Frosinone this season. His 10 goals have helped I Canarini stay comfortably above the relegation zone. However, it remains to be seen whether Juve will give him a chance to shine next year.

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A report from Calciomercato has claimed Villa are monitoring Soule’s situation ahead of a potential summer move. The £25million-rated man has been linked to Argentine superstars Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

Capable of playing on either flank or behind the striker, Soule has represented Argentina at international level. Newcastle United and Southampton are also rumoured to be tracking his situation but the Saints would likely need Premier League football to attract him.

Clubs in the Saudi Pro League were scouting the prodigy - who rejected the chance to play for Italy so he can represent his country of birth - but Frosinone pleaded with Juventus to keep him until the end of the season. Sporting director Guido Angelozzi hailed Soule for staying put and playing a “decisive” role in their season.

“The offer was real,” he said last month. “But he’ll stay with us until June, 100 per cent. It was the boy’s decision. Juventus would have got a lot of money for him and he would have been paid well too - but he kept his word.

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“He’s decisive for us. He’s fourth in the scoring charts. A 20-year-old kid has nine goals already, the same as (Romelu) Lukaku and, if you look at the stats, he’s among the best for dribbles completed in Europe’s top five leagues. Matias still has so much more to give too.”

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