Aston Villa are ready to sell midfielder Leander Dendoncker this summer and have set an asking price of around €10m (£8.5m) for his services, according to Foot Mercato.
The 28-year-old made the switch to Villa Park from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported £15million last September. However, after 21 appearances in Claret and Blue, the Belgian could be moving on again as interest in him continues to grow.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported on 4 July, that the Villans were willing to listen to offers for the Belgian international, despite being rated by manager Unai Emery. But, the competition within midfield at Villa Parks means more potential lack of opportunities next season.
And according to Foot Mercato [6 July], Dendoncker is attracting interest from Premier League clubs and Serie A, while French Ligue 1 outfits Stade Rennais, OGC Nice and Lyon have also taken information on the player.
After the signing of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, plus competition for places also with John McGinn, Boubacar Kamara and Douglas Luiz, it was always possible Dendoncker will be handed more bit-part roles this season.
At 28 years old, the former Wolves has to be playing and unfortunately, that won’t be happening at Villa Park next season which means it is best for all parties if he leaves.
Since signing from Wolves for a £13million fee on transfer deadline day, the 28-year-old has struggled for game time, amassing just 901 minutes of Premier League action across 24 appearances.
There is no doubting the Belgian international’s defensive contributions, finishing the season in the 97th percentile for interceptions made by Premier League midfielders last season (1.88 per 90) as well as the top 10% of his counterparts for blocks (2.07 per 90) and passes blocked (1.68 per 90). [FBREF]
Those stats are certainly indicative of a player capable of playing at a high level elsewhere, it’s just unfortunate that he has to compete with the likes of Kamara, Tielemans and Luiz for a place in the team. Another Premier League move would be an ideal next step for him.