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Aston Villa: Carney Chukwuemeka is Milan’s transfer priority

Aston Villa: Carney Chukwuemeka is Milan’s transfer priority -Aston Villa News

AC Milan are reportedly prioritising a move for Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka this summer, according to a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato.

The lowdown: Hot prospect

A product of the youth system at Bodymoor Heath, the 18-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks in the Midlands, making 54 outings for the under-18 and under-23 sides before becoming a regular feature in the first-team squad.

The England youth international has made 16 senior appearances to date and has attracted admiration from Barcelona and a plethora of Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle.

However, following early interest from Milan, it has now emerged that the Serie A giants are extremely keen on signing Chukwuemeka during the ongoing transfer window…

The latest: Milan’s priority

As per Calciomercato, the England Under 19 starlet is the leading target for the San Siro outfit ahead of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches.

It’s claimed that Chukwuemeka is ‘in the list’ in Milan, and a ‘overtaking’ has taken place in terms of priorities, with the Villa youngster now the main focus of the Rossoneri’s transfer activity.

The report added that a deal for the youngster, who was dubbed ‘special’ by podcaster Sam Tighe, could be done for a fee in the region of €10m (£8.5m).

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The verdict: Writing on the wall

Chukwuemeka provided one assist in 12 Premier League outings last season but could be set to have his head turned by the lure of regular action and Champions League football.

Into the final 12 months of his contract at Villa Park (Transfermarkt) and after recent reports claimed that the Austria-born sensation had ‘no interest’ in signing a new deal, a sale could be the best option for all parties this summer.

While losing any top talent, particularly one nurtured from within, is a worry for the Villans, it seems as though the pathway to potential stardom could lie elsewhere for Chukwuemeka, potentially due to the likes of fellow academy graduate Jacob Ramsey already flourishing in Steven Gerrard’s side.

Whilst the Midlands club will remain hopeful that the teenager undergoes a change of heart and signs a lengthy contract extension, at present that seems unlikely. As such, Johan Lange and the Villa hierarchy should ensure they can extract as much as possible out of selling the 18-year-old to reinvest into targets such as PSV Eindhoven star Ibrahim Sangare.

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