According to reports from Get France Football, Aston Villa are showing ‘intense interest’ in signing Baptiste Santamaria in the summer transfer window.
Manu Lonjon, a journalist for Yahoo! Sport in France, has shared the news on his personal Twitter account.
Aston Villa chaud sur Baptiste Santamaria ( Angers) .
— Manu ⭐️⭐️ (@ManuLonjon) June 28, 2019
The Villans have completed as many as five signings – Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Harry McKirdy, Wesley Moraes and Kortney Hause – this summer.
One of the areas where Smith is looking to bolster is the central midfield region, and probably that is why Smith has earmarked the French midfielder as a potential option.
Villa are interested in signing Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United, but the Whites are reluctant to sell him for anything less than £30m.
Santamaria joined Ligue 1 side Angers in 2016, and has been a key player for the side. Last season he played 38 games in the league which shows his importance to the side.
Villa are yet to make a formal bid for the player. Santamaria has three years left on his current deal, so expect Angers to demand a reasonably high transfer fee for him.