Report: Italian side Sampdoria keen on Villa defender

Ashley Colbourn

Serie A club Sampdoria have lodged their interest in signing Aston Villa left-back Jordan Amavi, according to reports. 

Amavi, 23, made 34 league appearances for the Villans in what turned out to be a disappointing season as they finished 13th in the Championship.

Villa signed the defender in the summer of 2015 for a reported fee of £9million from French side Nice, but his season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL on international duty with France U21’s.

Despite the defender’s lack of action in a Villa shirt, some of Europe’s elite clubs have been linked with a move for him recently, including Napoli and Atletico Madrid.

Sampdoria are now believed to have joined that pack, with boss Marco Giampaolo looking for defensive recruits having lead his side to 10th place in Serie A this season.

Whether Steve Bruce will allow Amavi to leave the Midlands, and if so for what price tag, is yet to be seen, but it appears the young full-back definitely has some admirers.