Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda is a target of Europe’s elite clubs including AC Milan, Inter Milan, Galatarasay and Atletico Madrid.

But, even though the continental giants are in the frame for his signature, it is believed that Aston Villa lead the chase, according to Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old Morocco international is an all-round midfielder that teams would love to have in their squad. Apart from the interest of clubs across Europe, there are reported interests from money-rich Middle East clubs to lure him.

Belhanda has close to 120 appearances for the French side and was a vital cog in their title-winning season in 2011/12. Even though they failed miserably in their title defence, Belhanda still remains a hot property in transfer market due to his exemplary performances.

He has the ability to play both the defensive and attacking roles in midfield and that is one of the primary reasons behind his star value. His dribbling and close control aids him in swift movements across the pitch and he is a treat to watch with the ball at his mercy.

Belhanda also possess truckloads of pace to engage in speed races while counter-attacking, and is a tireless runner throughout the match.

Belhanda is also known for his versatility as he has occupied central midfield, wing and defensive roles with ease. One of the creative talents in French League 1, he is considered as an exciting prospect in all quarters.

With time and talent on his side, he is expected to develop into an even better footballer. His preference for a move to the Premier League is well publicised and that makes Aston Villa favourites to land the Morocco international.

Monpellier have accepted two offers so far and it is believed that one of them is fro, Aston Villa.

Villa fans will be hoping that the club will be able to land the prized asset, If it comes true, it will be a morale boost for all those associated with the Villa Park outfit.


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