Aston Villa could move for £35m star likened to Yaya Touré at Villa Park

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Aston Villa could potentially make a move for PSV and Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangaré this summer, according to Josh Holland.

Steven Gerrard’s side have made four permanent additions to the club so far this transfer window.

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What’s the latest on Sangaré

Sangaré has been linked with a move to Villa throughout the summer, with the club eager to add more reinforcements into their midfield.

But according to De Telegraaf (via a PSV fan site) the £21.6m-rated man isn’t keen on leaving the club as of yet, with PSV Head Coach and former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy saying “I have talked to him about how I see his role. It was mainly about that. Sangaré really wants to stay.”

Sangaré joined PSV in 2020, and has made 88 appearances for the Dutch side in that time, according to Transfermarkt.

But Holland believes that Villa could still move for the 24-time Ivory Coast international this summer, despite reports that he would like to stay at the Philips Stadion.

What has Holland said about Sangare?

“I’ve been thinking and there’s a few midfielders who I think Villa could go for.

“I know that Sangaré and PSV keeps on getting mentioned, and he’s got a release clause of £35m.”

Would Sangaré be a good signing for Villa?

The acquisition of Sangaré, who has been described as a “complete” player and compared to Yaya Touré and Michael Essien, could prove to be an excellent piece of business for Gerrard’s side, should the club feel the need to strengthen their midfield further, after the signing of Boubacar Kamara before the transfer window opened.

The 6 foot 3 midfield maestro made 48 appearances for van Nistelrooy’s side last season, scoring four goals and providing four assists according to Transfermarkt.

Sangaré is an impressive midfield enforcer, and won a combined 136 tackles and interceptions last season according to FBref, showing that he might have the defensive nous alongside Kamara to make Villa’s midfield a tough nut to crack this season.

The same stats provider also shows that the Ivorian has played an average of 83 minutes per match this season, suggesting that he is fit enough to last out the rigours of a Premier League campaign.

And an average SofaScore rating of 7.38 for the 24-year-old’s Eredivisie performances last season suggest that he has been playing at an excellent standard in the Netherlands, and that it might now be time for him to make a step-up to a top European league such as the Premier League.

Sangaré seems to fit the bill for Villa’s transfer policy in the sense that he is relatively proven at a big club and at the age of just 24 he could yet get better, something that would excite fans of the West Midlands giants if he were to sign on the dotted line this summer.

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