Aston Villa man wanted in Italy and Gerrard ‘still keen’ on another midfielder signing

The latest Aston Villa news and rumours on Saturday.

Aston Villa are busy preparing for the new Premier League season.

The Midlands outfit have been out in Australia for pre-season and have drawn 2-2 against fellow top flight club Manchester United today.

Their first match of the 2022/23 campaign is away against newly promoted AFC Bournemouth.

Here is a look at all the latest news coming out of the club today....

Italian interest

AC Milan have become the latest club to be credited with an interest in Carney Chukwuemeka.

The Aston Villa contract rebel has been linked with clubs all over Europe this summer with his current deal up next summer.

The Athletic report that he is ‘wanted’ by AC Milan as the Serie A side plot potential new additions.

New boys rejected Champions League clubs

Gerrard has revealed that new signings Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos rejected Champions League teams before joining the Midlands club.

The pair have made the move to England this summer from Marseille and Sevilla respectively.

Villa’s boss has said, as per the Daily Mail:

“To attract players who had options to play in the Champions League is a big coup for the club. There was no point in me trying to recruit players that were going to make us stand still and I didn’t want to recruit players just to add to the numbers. I wanted to make players that were good enough for the XI, to make a difference.”

Midfielder wanted

Aston Villa are still looking to bolster their options in the middle of the park in this transfer window.

The club are gearing up for the start of the new campaign after finishing 14th last term.

Gerrard is ‘still keen’ on landing another midfielder ‘depending on the futures of Douglas Luiz and Carney Chukwuemeka’, as detailed in a report by the Daily Mail.