Aston Villa 'continuing to monitor' 6'4 rising star for Villa Park transfer

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Aston Villa are ‘continuing to monitor’ the situation of Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car as the summer transfer window approaches, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months and could be available in a cut-price deal after entering the final 15 months of his current contract.

What is the latest news involving Caleta-Car?

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United had a bid rejected for Caleta-Car in January after proposing a six-month loan deal that included an option to buy.

It’s claimed that Marseille value the centre-back at £15 million and were only interested in letting him depart the Stade Vélodrome on a permanent basis.

However, with his existing deal expiring next summer, Football Insider have now revealed that Villa have joined the race for Caleta-Car’s signature.

The report states that Villa manager Steven Gerrard and the club’s hierarchy personally scouted the Croatia international as Marseille beat Nantes 3-2 in a recent Ligue 1 match as they search for a more dominant defender.

And the 6 foot 4 rising star is no stranger to having admirers from Merseyside, with Liverpool coming ‘very close’ to signing him in the winter of 2021.

French outlet RMC Sport disclosed how Caleta-Car was ready to take off in a private jet to sign for Jurgen Klopp’s charges before talks broke down between the two clubs.

What has O’Rourke said about Caleta-Car?

O’Rourke believes that Villa ‘will be looking to strengthen’ in the heart of defence ahead of next season and Caleta-Car will a player on the club’s radar.

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He told GiveMeSport: “Caleta-Car has been a long-term target for a number of Premier League clubs in the last few years.

“The Croatian centre-back has been linked with Liverpool and Newcastle in the past, and obviously, I think centre-back is another position that Villa will be looking to strengthen in the summer. So, I’m sure Caleta-Car is somebody that Villa are continuing to monitor.”

Would Caleta-Car be a good signing?

As per WhoScored, Caleta-Car has won 1.3 aerial duels while also averaging two clearances and 69.1 passes per league game, placing him in the top three for each metric amongst his teammates.

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Gerrard is believed to be unconvinced over the long-term credentials of his current centre-back partnership made up of Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa, and the Marseille ace could be an instant update.

It remains to be seen if Villa made a formal offer for Caleta-Car, but it seems as though his long-awaited Premier League move is edging ever closer.

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