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Aston Villa remains hopeful of signing Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur

Aston Villa remains hopeful to sign Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur before the transfer window closes, but Max Allegri is unwilling to let the Uruguayan leave the Serie A side unless they find a proven replacement.



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Aston Villa remains hopeful for a takeover of Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus once the Serie A club has found a replacement.

The Uruguayan international is a top target for Villa, but Juve boss Max Allegri is unwilling to let him leave until the club has signed a deal for a proven midfielder this month.

MailOnline first revealed last Saturday that Villa had made an approach for Bentancur, who is valued at around £16 million.

Rodrigo Bentancur is high on Aston Villa's list after Steven Gerrard (pictured) identified the need for a tenacious midfielder

The Aston Villa boss remains hopeful to sign Rodrigo Bentancur (pictured)

The Aston Villa boss remains hopeful to sign Rodrigo Bentancur (pictured)

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard (left) remains hopeful to sign Rodrigo Bentancur (right)

His former club Boca Juniors pushed for a significant chunk of any future transfer fee when he moved to Italy in 2017, although this will not stand in the way of a potential deal with Villa.

Juventus had identified Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes and Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria as potential signings this month and are also considering a late transfer for Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez.

Bentancur was high on Villa’s list as soon as boss Steven Gerrard saw the need for a tenacious midfielder after Marvelous Nakamba suffered a knee injury in December.

Max Allegri (pictured) is unwilling to let the midfielder go unless Juventus find a replacement

Max Allegri (pictured) is unwilling to let the midfielder go unless Juventus find a replacement

Max Allegri (pictured) is unwilling to let the midfielder go unless Juventus find a replacement

Bentancur also received a positive reference from Gerrard’s former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez, his international teammate.

Villa had also expressed interest in Yves Bissouma, who values ​​Brighton above £40million, and will also look to sign a centre-back before the window closes.

After Axel Tuanzebe canceled his loan to make another temporary move from Manchester United to Napoli, Villa’s only senior centre-backs are Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause.

They have already taken over Lucas Digne from Everton this month for £25million, as well as Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen on loan.

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