When taking a look at the Italian media yesterday, we saw Aston Villa being linked to AS Roma striker Gregoire Defrel.

Without giving many details, newspaper Il Messaggero simply said named the newly promoted side are one of the contenders to sign the 28-year-old this summer.

Now today, the same thing happens in a story brought by Italian website Calcio Mercato.

They actually bring an exclusive article to say Cagliari are getting close to finding a deal for the player, and could be paying up to €15m to sign him.

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In the last words of the story, Calcio Mercato writes that, ‘in the background’, Aston Villa and AC Milan are also fighting for the signing.

Aston Villa and AC Milan would likely have enough money to beat Cagliari in this race, but since the club in Sardinia seem close on a deal, perhaps there won’t be enough time to hijack the move.