Aston Villa were one of the clubs that showed interest in Abde Ezzalzouli before he joined Real Betis from Barcelona in the last window.

The Premier League side had even made an offer but he snubbed them to join the La Liga side.

The winger has scored four goals from 19 games this season and is back on the Villans’ transfer agenda.

That’s according to Sport, who state Aston Villa have ‘become interested in the player again’ after his ‘brilliant season’ with the Spanish club.

Barca took the 21-year-old from Hércules in 2021, when Ramón Planes was their sporting director.

Planes moved to Real Betis earlier this year and the report suggests the director had a role in the player picking his side over the likes of Aston Villa. The Catalan club sold 50% of the Morocco international’s rights to Manuel Pellegrini’s side for €7.5m.

The newspaper says Real Betis ‘have an offer’ to sell him, but the details aren’t provided and it isn’t categorically made clear if Aston Villa have made the proposal.

Sport state Barcelona will collect 50% of the fee if Unai Emery’s side were to push for his signing, likely in January.

A deal won’t be easy to carry out because Ezzalzouli is not in favour of leaving Spain, the same stance he maintained in the last window.

The report focuses on how Barca can potentially raise funds from the sale of some of their former players and that’s when Aston Villa’s interest in Ezzalzouli is highlighted.