Tiago Ilori is currently considering leaving Liverpool for Aston Villa on a season-long loan, despite having rejected the chance to join Sunderland earlier on today.
Reports this morning detailed how the Spaniard snubbed an offer from the Black Cats, but Villa have now made a similar proposal, as per the Liverpool Echo, and it makes sense to assume that Liverpool are prepared to accept it.
That means that the ultimate decision will once again fall to Ilori, who has yet to feature for Brendan Rodgers’ first-team despite moving to Anfield in 2013.
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The 22-year-old has spent the past two campaigns on loan with Granada and Bordeaux respectively, but his parent club are sure to be keen to give him Premier League experience this season as a way of helping him get ready to fight for a place in the Reds’ senior squad.
Villa a good opportunity
Moving to Villa would give him an opportunity to do just that, and Tom Cleverley’s spell with the Midlands-based club last season - before his transfer to Everton - serves as evidence regarding how beneficial it might be for him.
That said Ilori has already said no to one Premier League side and with Villa sitting at the same end of the table as Sunderland there could be problems if the young defender is looking to play for a team with lofty ambitions.
Such a stance might be naive of him since the overall aim should be to catch the eye of Brendan Rodgers, but since it’s ultimately his choice there’s little that his club can do should he demand to stay in Merseyside.
With the clock winding down towards 6pm Ilori doesn’t have long to make his decision. Fans will certainly hopes he makes the right one.
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